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Buddy Holly documentary

11.20.2009

It seems like Buddy Holly is indeed alive and well, in more ways than one (maybe even more than Gary Busey these days). A little while ago, we wrote about the new Jon Heder flick that is in production titled ALIVE AND WELL based on Bradley Denton’s excellent sci-fi  adventure novel Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede. We’d also like to update you on a documentary chronicling Holly’s last tour (The Winter Dance Party tour) in 1959, where he tragically died along with Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper in a plane crash (LA BAMBA, starring Lou Diamond Phillips told Valens' story). The film, entitled, GOTTA TRAVEL ON: THE WINTER DANCE PARTY ODYSSEY has been picking up steam and this year alone has been mentioned in Rolling Stone magazine as well as being featured on NBC Nightly News.

The producers, Sevan Garabedian (aka Indiana Sev and JoBlo's brother!) and James McCool (great last name!!), have found the only known photographs from the trio’s final concert (photos taken just hours before they died) at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa on February 2nd, 1959. The film will also feature interviews with all the surviving musicians from the tour, including Rock and Roll Hall-Of-Famer Dion, The Belmonts, Frankie Sardo as well as musicians Tommy Allsup and Carl Bunch, who backed Buddy on the tour. In-depth interviews with emcees from the tour, fans from every show they played and the owners of the charter service that Holly and Co. hired that night will also be on tap, and it also promises to shed light on every aspect of the tour, from the after show get-togethers to the controversies surrounding the fatal plane crash. Bob Dylan, then Robert Zimmerman, saw one of the shows and made eye contact with Buddy Holly. Dylan has said it was a pivotal moment for him. The timing seems pretty good on all this, as the first ever Buddy Holly box-set is also prepped for release on November 23rd. 

Having recently added Jim Berkenstadt as associate producer to the project, Garabedian and McCool are presently seeking additional funding for their project and have a complete proposal package available for anyone interested in being a part of their film. Email them HERE for more info...


Buddy Holly and Waylon Jennings, two days before the tour began

Extra Tidbit: Gary Busey portrayed Buddy Holly in the historically inaccurate THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY in 1978.
Source: JoBlo.com

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