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A very special musical evening is planned to commemorate the birthday of one of the all time greats of rock n roll.

Buddy Holly would have been 81 years old on 7th September and paying their rock “n” roll respects just two days later will be Newcastle based, The Baldy Holly Band.

The band have recently returned from two very successful jaunts over to the United States where singer Jamie Bell visited Buddy’s hometown of Lubbock, Texas, for what would’ve been Buddy’s 80th birthday. He visited the Buddy Holly Centre and was invited to perform several songs for the singer’s family.

“ I was honoured to meet and talk to Buddy’s family and they told me how much they appreciated the UKs continued support for their brother’s music and how they enjoyed my performance.”

Jamie featured in several Texan newspapers and TV stations and the band was invited to perform in and around the Clear Lake, Winter Dance Party celebrations , where Buddy, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper played their final show before tragically boarding the aircraft that was destined to crash killing all onboard.

To celebrate the birthday, the special performance will take place at Wallsend Memorial Hall, the site of the first ever North Eastern Rock n Roll dance in 1957. Fans and friends of the band from all over the UK are coming to show their support for Buddy and special guest will be Paul King, who has ran the British Buddy Holly Society for many years.

Tickets for the evening can be obtained from: The Mem Hall 0191 2634852 http://www.wallsendmem.co.uk

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