Buddy & The Boys 1958 At The BBC
Colourized by P.F.D.
|A fellow fan sent me some info & links to a 1984 New York stageshow, |
"Innocents" (alluding to the Biblical, "Slaughter Of The Innocents").
Starring a young Len Amato, now the HBO-boss, who also sang
"Well Alright" on the closing credits of
"Rock & Roll The Early Days".
Still available from different sources.
Click on the pic for the interview.
He talks about a Buddy Holly stage show from
3:05 - 4:20
© Film Independet Forum 2019
|In the interview (the complete interview is worth to listen to) he talks about his |
groundbreaking yet fairly unknown show; "INNOCENTS", 1984
pre - "Buddy Holly At The Regal, 1985 ... pre - "BUDDY, The Buddy Holly
Story" .... 1988.
© The New York Archives
|The critic wasn't excited about the show.|
Why, he explains in this stage review in the October 29,
1984 issue of the New York Times.
Maybe that's why we hardly know anything about this work.
|NEW YORK TIMES, 29 Oct 1984|
By Stephen Holden
STAGE: BUDDY HOLLY REVUE
''Innocents,'' an affectionate musical tribute to the rock- and-roll pioneer, Buddy
Holly, is a failed attempt to capture the essence of an elusive musical personality.
The 26-song revue, which is playing at Cafe La Mama, features a studio band that
performs many hits by the Lubbock- born musician who ranks just behind Little
Richard, Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley as a seminal 1950's rock-and-roller.
In the less than three years he made records, Mr. Holly, who died in a plane crash
in 1959, lay the groundwork for a tradition of austere rock- and-roll minimalism
that continues to this day. His spare, thumping rockabilly, performed in an intense
hiccuping style, has exerted a deep influence on everyone from the Beatles to Elvis
The quintet of studio musicians who perform Mr. Holly's songs, successfully re-
create the drum and guitar styles of Mr. Holly and his band, the Crickets, but their
leisurely paced arrangements fail to capture the music's quality of intense
compression. Neither Len Amato nor Michael Blair, who divide most of the vocals,
comes close to imitating the clenched, grainy quality of Mr. Holly's singing.
Instead of offering meaty biographical detail, the dialogue between songs treats
Mr. Holly's life as a kind of trivia quiz, in which the 1950's rock- and-roll is seen as
an exotic curiosity. But in fact, 50's rock-and-roll styles continue to thrive in the
music of the Stray Cats, the Blasters, Dave Edmunds and others.
Many thanks to John Beecher for letting me know!
|The former guitarist of the Shadows presents 59 of his songs on this|
release. Hank Marvin defined the sound of a generation; he was the
first owner of a Fender Stratocaster in the United Kingdom.
A true Buddy Holly fan from the very beginning . . .
|For many people of a certain age, their first awareness of the Fender Stratocaster |
was on the cover of the 1957 Chirping Crickets album, on which Buddy Holly is
clutching his guitar. Two years earlier, Buddy walked into Adair Music in Lubbock,
Texas and traded his first electric guitar for a brand new Fender Stratocaster,
which back then cost a shade over $300. That equates to about $2,600 today.
Four years later, on the cover of the first album by British instrumental greats
the Shadows, Hank Marvin is holding (admittedly not as visibly) the Stratocaster
he had bought after seeing Holly’s on the Crickets album. Ask just about any
British guitarist that came after the Shadows and almost every one will admit to
having been impressed with Hank’s red and white Stratocaster.