Jimi Hendrix gave his first on stage performance on Feb. 20, 1959. Jimi was 16 years old, and was auditioning for an unnamed band. This happened in the basement of Temple De Hirsch, a synagogue in Seattle, Washington. It didn’t go to well for Jimi as he was told not to return for the second […]

…Long long time ago… At 12:55am, Central Time, Feb.3, 1959, the plane departed, It was 59 years ago today. The Winter Dance Party tour played at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA on the night of Feb. 2, 1959. The show featured The Big Bopper (JP Richardson), Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Dion. The […]

On Feb. 2, 1959, the music was alive and well. The Winter Dance Party tour made a stop at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. The tour bus everyone was traveling on for the tour had very little heat and some of the performers were getting sick. After the show was over, 3 of […]

The 1959 Winter Dance Party Tour had a tremendous impact on Rock and Roll / Popular music. Although the tour had a tragic event, there was still some life changing / positive things that happened because of it. Here’s a good example: On Jan. 31, 1959, the Winter Dance Party, featuring Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens […]

On Jan. 23, 1959, the Winter Dance Party tour, featuring Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper and DION and the Belmonts, played its first date at Milwaukee’s Million Dollar Ballroom. It would become the most famous tour in the history of Rock and Roll, but would only last for 10 shows with the original […]

On Jan. 22, 1959, Buddy Holly was getting ready to go out on a winter tour. That day, in his New York City apartment, he sat down with an acoustic guitar and recorded what would be his last songs — “Peggy Sue Got Married,” “Crying, Waiting, Hoping,” “That’s What They Say,” “What to Do,” “Learning […]

Berry Gordy borrowed $800 from his family on Jan. 12, 1959 to start a record label. He rented an eight-room house on 2648 W. Grand Blvd, in Detroit. The house was to be the future home of Motown Records and would become known as “Hitsville USA” to millions. When you think of the music that […]

On Dec. 14, 1959, Dave Brubeck released his LP “Time Out”. Yes it was jazz, but it experimented with ‘time signatures’. It was Jazz so we know there will be some of you who will question why we mention it. There will be a lot of musicians who will understand why. It was ground breaking […]

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