Hear Buddy Holly Hits With Rave On Band Feb. 22

Feb 14, 2018
Rave On Band

The music of Buddy Holly and other rock ’n’ roll pioneers will be featured when the Rave On Band performs at the Little Egg Harbor branch of the Ocean County Library on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. Chris Roselle, the trio’s front man, said the audience can expect to hear Holly staples such as “Peggy Sue,” “Not Fade Away,” “It’s So Easy,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “True Love Ways,” “Maybe Baby” and more.

Roselle said Holly, whose original backing band was known as the Crickets, was unlike most of the other performers in the late 1950s in that he wrote and produced much of his material.

Holly and the Crickets split up in 1958 when they were on tour in New York because the singer grew more ambitious; he wanted to move on from the basic rock ’n’ roll sound to songs with more-orchestral arrangements. He was developing that phase of his career when he died in a plane crash on Feb. 2, 1959, along with Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, known as The Big Bopper. They had just left Clear Lake, Iowa, one of the stops of a three-week Winter Dance Party tour.

The crash was the basis for Don McLean’s 1972 hit “American Pie,” which was the No. 1 song on the Billboard charts for four weeks..

“We usually do that song as the second to the last number in our concert,” Roselle said.

The one-hour show will also include hits of Roy Orbison, the Everly Brothers and Ricky Nelson.

The program is free, but registration is required. To register, call the branch at 609-294-1197 or visit theoceancountylibrary.org. E.E. 

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