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50 Winters Later: A Tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper

50 Winters Later: A Tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper


Joe Ely performing “Are You Listening Lucky?” with Los Lobos. Ely learned to play guitar in the house that Buddy Holly grew up in. From left to right: Rolling Stones saxophonist Bobby Keys, Cesar Rosas, Joe Ely, (bassist Conrad Lozano is behind Ely), drummer Louie Perez and David Hidalgo. Rosas is playing a recent production Strat, and Ely is playing Hidalgo’s Custom Shop Nocaster.


David Hidalgo of Los Lobos rocks the Ritchie Valens hit, “Ooh! My Head.” Here he plays the Dakota Red Custom Shop Nocaster that Dave Mason also played.


Delbert McClinton knew Buddy Holly back from their days growing up in Lubbock, TX.


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum dedicated the Surf Ballroom as a historic rock and roll landmark as part of the Museum’s ongoing Landmark Series, which identifies locations in America that are significant to the origins and development of rock and roll.

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