When Buddy Holly played Hull's Regal Cinema
The influence and musical legacy of the legendary singer-songwriter Charles Hardin Holley can easily be underestimated.
He made his fame under his stage name Buddy Holly and died in the February of 1959 in a plane crash aged just 22 years having already changed the face of popular music.
With unforgettable tracks such as True Love Ways, It's Raining In My Heart and That'll Be The Day, the Texan went on to pioneer the rock'n'roll sounds much copied by the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and even Elvis.
Less than a year before his passing Buddy performed at the Regal Cinema in Hull on March 19, 1958. Shortly after, the cinema changed its name to the ABC and after many years it was knocked down to make way for the St Stephen's shopping centre.
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The management at St Stephen's have decided to commemorate the 55th anniversary of Buddy Holly's performance at the Regal and have asked local tribute Bootleg Buddy to perform on Tuesday, March 19, in the food court, with shows planned on the hour from noon.
He will also be performing the full Buddy Holly tribute show at 7pm and the day-long event is free.
Another of the area's top Buddy Holly tribute bands is the rock'n'roll outfit Memory Lane, which features award- winning Holly tribute act Tony Davey.
They also have a series of local concerts planned to commemorate the anniversary and on Friday, March 15, will be performing at the Railway Inn in Thwaite Street, Cottingham, and on Friday, March 22, at the Cross Keys in Endike Lane, Hull.
I RECEIVED an email from my friend Kel Howman who has previously been performing under the stage name Ronnie Clarke.
Kel has always had a great 1960s sound which lends itself easily to songs from the likes of the Small Faces and the Kinks and for some years he was part of the very successful duo, The Hollyfields, who specialised in the songs of Buddy Holly.
He has never been one for publicity and still sings and plays guitar in a couple of bands which he really enjoys. He has, however, decided to concentrate on his solo career and said: "Generally speaking, being solo has some benefits and rehearsal time is cheap and so much easier (ie the kitchen!).
"I'm singing now as Kel Howman so, if anyone sees me advertised they will hopefully remember dear old Ronnie as my previous alter ego."
GIGS of note this week include Laurie Faye Moss at Frankie's Vauxhall Tavern in Hessle Road, west Hull, on Friday night; rock band Storm at The New Griffin in Anlaby Road, west Hull, on Saturday night; and Missy G at the Willows Club in Holderness Road, east Hull, on Sunday.