1st Buddy Holly Week

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On September 7th, 1976, Buddy Holly would have had 40 years old. Paul McCartney being a fan of the man, and owning his publishing rights, decided to organize a Buddy Holly Week (from September 7th to 14th) to remember and celebrate; this would become a yearly event, always starting on the September 7th, organized till 1999.

On the opening day of the Week, a luncheon was organized at the Orangery in Holland Park, London, with Norman Petty, Buddy Holly’s manager, co-writer and producer, as the guest of honour, and invitees such as Denny Laine, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Queen, 10cc…

Roger and Heather Daltrey (left) and Paul and Linda McCartney were not just out for a typically British stroll. They had joined other stars like Elton John and Eric Clapton at a luncheon in honor of the late American rock pioneer Buddy Holly. The gathering, organized by a newly mustached McCartney, coincided with what would have been Holly’s 40th birthday (he was killed in a 1959 plane crash) and kicked off Buddy Holly Week throughout Britain. Explained Elton, an impressionable 11 when Holly died: “He was one of my earliest heroes”

From People Magazine, September 1976
From People Magazine, September 1976
From this blog – Color Polaroid shared by Stephen Bishop on his Facebook page. Paul and Linda McCartney hosted the party on September 7th celebrating the 40th anniversary of Buddy Holly’s birth kicking off a week of events in Britain. Linda and Paul chatting with Pattie Boyd and Eric Clapton along with Stephen Bishop (wearing a tie) and unidentified man. Stephen Bishop commented about the photo on his Facebook page: “My friend took this pic while I snuck behind McCartney… Such a Beatleholic…” – https://www.facebook.com/stephen.bishop.9615
From this blog Group shot at the Buddy Holly party published in the first issue of Club Sandwich in 1977. Scan from the Meet the Beatles for Real blog, originally from the Linda Eastman Forever Facebook page. Paul & Linda and Stephen Bishop center, Elton John standing behind Paul, Eric Clapton is second from left in front. Denny Laine is fourth from left in front (possibly his wife Jo Jo beside him?) – Pattie standing in second row behind Denny Laine – she’s laughing. Where are the Daltrey’s?
From Jimmy McCulloch Facebook profile – #WingsWednesday Buddy Holly Week, September 1976

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