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“A long, long time ago, I can still remember how
that music used to make me smile…”

That is the first line in Don McLean’s classic song American Pie. It was a wonderful tribute to 50s music, a bygone era and of course, Buddy Holly!

It also seems like it was also a long, long time ago that I was one of the many writers who got his start here at JoBlo.com (Indiana Sev was my moniker for you old-schoolers out there), with a dream to one day produce my very own movie. Well, that day has come and I have returned to the old boss (aka my brother!) asking him to put up this piece on the site or face the wrath of mom.

Along with producers Jim McCool and Shawn Nagy, I am in the pre-production phase on a documentary film that will commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Winter Dance Party tour of 1959. This was the final tour that Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson ever played, as they died when the aircraft they had chartered crashed just minutes after taking off on February 3rd, 1959.

The synopsis of our film, articles about our film’s progress and pictures of us with many of the surviving members from that tour can all be found at www.buddyhollyonline.com. Once there, click on the documentary poster for more info about the film. You can also find some news articles about our production on that same page. Pictures from the actual shows from 1959 can be found on the same site HERE.

Opening act of the Winter Dance Party '59, Frankie Sardo,
with me in September 2007

What have we got?

Among the members from the tour that have agreed to participate in our film, are: Freddie Milano and Carlo Mastrangelo of The Belmonts, Tommy Allsup of The Crickets, Frankie Sardo and Bobby Vee, as well as the emcee of the February 2nd show at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa - Bob Hale. Bob has also offered to narrate the film for us. The operator of the aircraft charter service at the time, Jerry Dwyer, will also contribute to our film.

We are also in talks with Dion as well as the Cricket’s drummer, Carl Bunch to join our production. Furthermore, all the venues that the tour played have given us their consent to shoot on their premises. Additionally, we have gathered close to four-dozen fans so far who had attended all the shows previous and including the final show at The Surf to share their thoughts with us for the film. Through our research, we have also discovered 15 never-before-seen photographs from the Winter Dance Party tour that we will feature in the film, with more to come.

Buddy Holly on January 26th, 1959 in Eau Claire, WI

What do we need?

We are currently in the process of trying to secure financing and sponsorship for our documentary as well as shopping it around for the ideal venue where it could have its debut. We have got a very modest budget set and are ready to begin production immediately. Do you want to know more? Do you love Buddy Holly? Do you want to become a part of history? Have you always dreamed of executive-producing a documentary on this legendary tour? Well, if you answered "yes" to any of these questions, please fire off an e-mail to me and I can answer all your questions, and hopefully give you an idea of how you may be able to make this special tribute documentary – a reality!

As I mentioned before, we are approaching the 50th anniversary of the tour, which will be in January of 2009. The eyes and ears of the world will focus again on the birth of rock and roll and on the tour that seemed to silence the music for good. Our film will be the perfect tribute to those fallen stars and a fitting example of how nothing could ever stop the music that was born during that era. Rave on!

Sevan Garabedian (aka Indiana Sev)
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