Buddy Holly, one of the legendary fathers of rock'n'roll, would have been 77-years-old September 7, 2013 had he not died in a plane crash in 1959 at the tender age of 22. Holly and his band the Crickets left behind quite a legacy though, having had success with hit singles such as "Peggy Sue," "Not Fade Away" and the oft-covered "That'll Be the Day." Today, the life and accomplishments of Buddy Holly and the Crickets can be celebrated at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas, and there's no better time to do so than during Buddy Holly's 77th Birthday Bash taking place September 6-8.
Holly's 77th birthday will be celebrated all weekend long at the Buddy Holly Center, beginning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the center's newest exhibit, the house where Cricket J.I. Allison lived as a teenager. Holly and Allison wrote "That'll Be the Day" in the house, and Allison and other surviving Crickets Sonny Curtis and J.B. Mauldin will be in attendance. The ribbon-cutting will occur at 5:30 PM on Friday, September 6 then at 6:00 PM birthday cupcakes and punch will be served followed by a concert by the Darren Welch Group.
Other activities scheduled for Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8 include tours of the Allison house, showings of the film "The Crickets Live 2012," a display of "shoebox" guitars and poodle skirt and hot rod workshops geared to kids. There's a nominal fee for the workshops but the rest of the fun is free.
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