On January 23 1959 Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens and Dion and the Belmonts embarked on ‘The Winter Dance Party Tour’, a tour that meant they would play 24 cities in just 3 weeks.
By the time they arrived at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa on February 2nd the tour bus had developed heating problems and all onboard were tired, cold and fed up. Buddy had had enough of the miserable travelling conditions and chartered a four seater plane for the next leg of the tour.
That night’s performance was magical as the fans went wild for their rock n roll heroes as they played their biggest hits including The Wanderer (Dion & The Belmonts), Chantilly Lace (Big Bopper), La Bamba (Ritchie Valens) and That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue and Oh Boy (Buddy Holly).
Just a few hours later the plane carrying Holly, Valens and The Big Bopper crashed just outside Mason City. There were no survivors.
Winter Dance Party recreates that historic last tour of Buddy Holly. It stars Marc Robinson (‘Stars in Your Eyes’ and ‘The Buddy Holly Story’) as Buddy and features the country’s best Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper and Dion tribute artistes and supported by The Counterfeit Crickets. This superbly authentic show is packed full of rock n roll hits – 40 songs performed with the same raw energy that the original artistes thrilled their audiences with.
The role of The Big Bopper is played alternately by three artistes, one of whome is Rick McKay. For all dates that feature Rick as The Big Bopper, please see our gig guide.
For ALL other Winter Dance Party show dates and information contact...
Marc Robinson Productions
Tel: 07889 426343