The Shadows had them dancing in the aisles last night at the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks–literally. It’s their annual tribute to Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper who all died in a small plane crash along with their pilot on their way from Clear Lake, Iowa, to Moorhead on February 3, 1959.
Bobby Vee and the Shadows were recruited to help fill in for the entertainers the next night at the Moorhead Armory. Soon after, Bobby’s career took off with hits like “Take Good Care of My Baby,” “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes,” “Devils Or Angel” and many others for Liberty Records. The Shadows (later the Strangers) continued on as his backup band for years.
Far from being the Day the Music Died, this weekend has become the time for annual Buddy Holly tribute shows in Fargo, Clear Lake, Grand Forks and elsewhere.
The Shadows’ show in Grand Forks last night was sold-out. With Jeff Boxell, Wayne Luchau and others, the Shadows move on to Fergus Falls and the Fergus Theatre tonight. It’s great fun!