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Buddy Holly, Richie Valens & The Big Bopper (USA)
Winter Dance Party

©El Toro Records 2009


Special issue commemorating the 50th anniversary of "The Day The Music Died".

It was late January, 1959, when the tragic Winter Dance Party began; a gruelling twenty-four day tour of the mid-west by a rock 'n' roll revue which included Buddy Holly and his group, J P "Big Bopper" Richardson and Ritchie Valens. Poorly funded and inefficiently organized, the tour began a disaster and steadily got worse, with a motley successionof clapped-out coaches being the only transportation provided to the artists by the booking agency. Eleven days into the tour and facing another tortuous 400 mile road trip to the next venue on a freezing bus, Holly decided to charter a plane after their unscheduled appearance at ClearLake, Iowa. He and the two other headliners took off for Fargo, NorthDakota, in the teeth of a blizzard during the early hours of 3rd February1959... it was a date that would come to be known as one of the darkest in the whole history of rock 'n' roll


1. Think It Over-The Crickets
2. Fool's Paradise-The Crickets
3. Big Bopper's Wdp Promo
4. Chantilly Lace-Big Bopper
5. Purple People Eater Meets Witch Doctor-Big Bopper
6. Rritchie Valens' Wdp Promo
7. La Bamba-Ritchie Valens
8. Donna-Ritchie Valens
9. Buddy Holly's Wdp Promo
10. Heartbeat-Buddy Holly
11. Well...All Right-Buddy Holly
12. Monkey Song (You Made A Monkey Out Of Me)-Big Bopper (As Jape Richardson) With The Echoes
13. A Teen-Age Moon (In A Rock & Roll World)-Big Bopper (As Jape Richardson) With The Echoes
14. Come On, Let's Go-Ritchie Valens
15. Framed-Ritchie Valens
16. Early In The Morning-Buddy Holly
17. Now We're One-Buddy Holly
18. Little Red Riding Hood-Big Bopper
19. Big Bopper's Wedding-Big Bopper
20. Big Baby Blues-Ritchie Valens (As Arvee Allens)
21. It's So Easy!-The Crickets
22. Lonesome Tears-The Crickets
23. Crazy Blues-Big Bopper (As Jape Richardson) & The Japetts
24. Beggar To A King-Big Bopper (As Jape Richardson) & The Japetts
25. Fast Freight-Ritchie Valens (As Arvee Allens)
26. Take Your Time-Buddy Holly
27. Rave On-Buddy Holly

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