Musician pays tribute to Buddy Holly

Spencer Jordan as Buddy Holly
Spencer Jordan as Buddy Holly

Spencer Jordan honours 55 years since Buddy Holly’s death with an anniversary show in Worthing.

Jordan leads the cast of The Day the Music Died in commemoration of the singer’s work and life at the Pavilion Theatre on June 15.

On February 3 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J P The Big Bopper Richardson died in a plane crash near Clear Lake in Iowa when the American Airlines Lockheed Electra they were using to travel to their next venue crashed into New York’s East River, killing 65 of the 73 people on board, including the pilot. Twelve years later, Don McLean’s song American Pie named the day of the plane crash “the day the music died”. The lyric inspired the title of the show, which has been created for the memorial year and takes the audience through the music of the ’50s.

The show features the greatest hits of the era including True Love Ways and It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, as well as some of the lesser-known Buddy Holly songs of the time including Blue Days, Black Nights and Rock Around with Ollie Vee, covering all styles from rockabilly to ballad.

Spencer started listening to rock ‘n’ roll as a young boy and has played guitar since he was 12 years old, he has more recently performed lead guitar in Buddy in Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise.

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