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Briant



Joined: 02 Jun 2007
Posts: 964
Location: Liverpool England UK

PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 3:24 pm    Post subject: Tommy Allsup.... Reply with quote

I met Tommy Allsup on Saturday night at BBC Radio Merseyside. Who is he, you may ask. Well he was with Buddy Holly and Waylon Jennings on the fateful tour in Jan/Feb 1959. Tommy flipped a coin and Ritchie Valens took his place on the 'plane that Buddy had chartered for himself, Tommy and Waylon. As the Big Bopper was ill, Waylon gave up his place to him. Tommy is still playing acoustic and electric guitar. He can be heard on early Buddy hits such as 'It's so easy.' If you see photos of the last tour you can see Buddy, Waylon and Tommy onstage together. One fact that emerged from the interview by Spencer Leigh was that Buddy played drums for some of the other acts as the band drummer had frostbite from travelling on those old poorly heated tourbuses back then, and was in hospital. Tommy also told us that Buddy talked about planning to live in England. There is a charity concert at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall this week to commemorate Buddy's appearance here fifty years ago.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if he's still got that lucky/fateful coin?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:25 pm    Post subject: Buddy poem... Reply with quote

In 1997 I had my poem about Buddy published
by Paul McCartney/Poetry Society.
The poem has been featured on Radio 2 and local radio.
These are the opening lines:

'Buddy Holly 1936 to 1959'

Winter dance party, Nineteen Fifty Nine,
Cold tour bus and the spin of a dime,
Buddy and Ritchie climb aboard the 'plane,
Looking for an edge to stay ahead of the game

Waylon takes his chance and JP takes his place
'See you in Hell-O Baby!' A grin splits his face,
While somewhere in the darkness history waits
For Peggy Sue, Donna and Chantilly Lace

There are fourteen verses in all...The last two are:

Sex and drugs and rock'n'roll
Ecstasy, crime and life on the dole
In a world gone wrong, one thing is for sure
True love ways don't matter any more

London England , Nineteen Ninety Seven
Land of hope and glory and three steps to heaven
Red buses drive by with Buddy's face on the side
Don McLean got it wrong. The music never died.

I gave a copy to Tommy Allsup.
I have the book signed by Maria Elena Holly.
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