2nd Buddy Holly Week

Early September 1977

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The 2nd Buddy Holly Week organised by MPL Communications was from September 7th to 14th.

Cricket fans of all types gathered together for the big event of this year’s Holly week a special free concert by the original members of Buddy’s back up group, the one and only Crickets. As the Teds, punks, and other forms of music life mingled with the queue forming at the front of the Gaumont State, Kilburn, the reception for the group was in full swing backstage. In the wings of the famous old theatre where many an act had played including Holly and the Crickets In 1958, Buddy lovers paid tribute in their own special way.

From Club Sandwich N°5, October / November 1977

In the attendance, were Paul & Linda McCartney, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood.

For the second year running, thousands of fans and members of the rock music industry will have the opportunity to pay tribute to one of rock ‘n’ roll’s legends, Buddy Holly.

The decision to make Buddy Holly Week an annual event follows the phenomenal success of the first ‘week’ in 1976. Last year’s event was originally designed to celebrate what would have been Buddy Holly’s fortieth birthday. The commemorative week featured many memorable events, notably a lunch whose guests included leading music and show business personalities. The Guest of Honour at the lunch and during the week was Norman Petty, Holly’s manager, co-writer and record producer. He and his wife Vi won many frieds during their visit and everyone looks forward to their return in the future. London’s Lyceum was the host of 3,000 rock ‘n’ roll fans who listended and danced into the early hours of the morning to Buddy Holly music.

This year we are delighted to be able to welcome Buddy Holly’s original group The Crickets featuring Jerry Allison, Joe Mauldin and Sonny Curtis. They will be doing a very special concert at the Kilburn State during their stay – further details will be announced later.

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