50th ann. - 2009 UK Press 1
50th ann. - 2009 UK Press 2
50th ann. - 2009 US Press 1
50th ann. - 2009 US Press 2
50th ann. - 2009 Cliff Richard Club
50th ann. - 2009 German Press 1
50th ann. - 2009 German Press 2
50th ann. - 2009 London Exhibition
50th ann. - Johnny  Rogers' Report
50th ann. - 2009 Last Tour Pics 1
50th ann. - 2009 Last Tour Pics 2
50th ann. - 2009 Surf Pics 1
50th ann. - 2009 Surf Pics 2
50th ann. - 2009 Surf Pics 3
50th ann. - 2009 Surf Clear Lake
50th ann. - 2009 Radio/TV Shows
50th ann. - Blackpool Q. Hotel
50th ann. - Cavern Club
50th ann. - Doncaster
50th ann. - Excl. Philly Pics
50th ann. - Holy Rosary P.C.
50th ann. - Nieuwkoop Holland
50th ann. - Liverpool Huyton
50th ann. - Liverpool Ph. Hall
50th ann. - More Liverpool pics
50th ann. -  Radio Merseyside BBC
50th ann. - Rothschild Pavilion USA
50th ann. - Crystal Rock Ballr. USA
50th ann. - Evang. Pressedienst
50th ann. -  Artikel aus Kleve
58th ann. - BHC Lubbock TX
6 CD Buddy Holly Box-Set 2009
Aircraft Accident Report 1959
A new 10'' UK Buddy LP in 2009
A new 10" UK Buddy LP in 2010
A-Z  Buddy Holly & The Crickets
All Tour Programmes
Ariel Cyclone
Art And Kitsch 1
Art And Kitsch 2
Art And Kitsch 3
Art And Kitsch 4
Art And Kitsch 5
Art And Kitsch 6
Art And Kitsch 7
Art And Kitsch 8
Art And Kitsch 9
Augury Of Buddy's Death
Austrian Buddy Tribute
Beatles' Letter To The Crickets
Beechcraft Fragments
Berlin "That'll Be The Day"
Beverly Hills Auction 2010
Boudewijn Büch + Buddy
Buddy And Beyond Show
Buddy And The Cruisers
Buddy At Christmas
Buddy's Bio
Buddy's Birthday 2009
Buddy's Birthday Fan Trip 2009
'Buddy' Essen, 2009 (1)
'Buddy' Essen, MEH (2)
'Buddy' Essen, Vor-Premiere (3)
'Buddy' Essen, Off. Premiere (4)
'Buddy' Essen Bühnenbild (5)
'Buddy' Essen Offene Tür (6)
Buddy Fan David Agius, Malta
Buddy's  Mother Ella Holley
Buddy Holly En Español 1
Buddy Holly En Español 2
Buddy Holly En Español 3
Buddy Holly En Español 4
Buddy Holly En Español 5
Buddy Holly En Español 6
Buddy Holly En Español 7
Buddy Holly En Español 8
Buddy Holly En Español 9
Buddy Holly Photos
Buddy Holly In Solingen
Buddy Holly Timeline
Buddy Holly Trail  2009 - 01
Buddy Holly Trail  2009 - 02
Buddy Holly Trail   2009 - 03
Buddy Holly Trail   2009 - 04
Buddy Holly Trail   2009 - 05
Buddy Holly Trail  2009 - 06
Buddy Holly Trail   2009 - 07
Buddy Holly Trail   2009 - 08
Buddy Holly Trail  2009 - 09
Buddy Holly Trail   2009 - 10
Buddy Holly Trail  2009 - 11
Buddy Holly Trail 2016
Buddy In Birmingham 1958
Buddy Info Plus
Buddy In Liverpool 1958
Buddy + Hans On Air 2007
Buddy + Hans On Air  2008
Buddy Lyrics - A
Buddy Lyrics - B + C
Buddy Lyrics - D + E
Buddy Lyrics - F + G
Buddy Lyrics - H + I
Buddy Lyrics - J + K + L
Buddy Lyrics - M + N + O
Buddy Lyrics - P + Q + R
Buddy Lyrics - S + T
Buddy Lyrics - U  -  Z
Buddy On TV
Buddy Rock & Roll Show
Buddy Song List
Buddy's Plans
Buddy Statue Essen
Buddy Statue Lubbock
Canadian Fan Brian Wilson
CD's Down The Line - Rarities
CD's Memorial Collection
CD "Buddy Holly Reloaded"
CD  "Gotta Roll"
CD "Hollybilly"
CD "Listen to me" - Germany
CD "Not Fade Away"
CD  “Ohh!  Annie!”
CD "Stay All Night"
CD "WDP Buddy Holly" El Toro
Clear Lake 2007
Clear Lake 2008
Clear Lake 2008 - Larry
Clear Lake 2008 - Bob
Clear Lake 2008 - Shannon
Clear Lake - NY 2008 - Ian
Clear Lake 2010 - Bob
Clear Lake 2010 - Ian
Clear Lake 2010 - Clive
Clear Lake 2011 - Mary Kay
Clovis 2010 -  Mary Kay
Clovis 2010 Preview
Clovis Music Fest CD
Clovis 2009 Preview
Clovis 2008 Preview
Clovis 2008 - Suzie
Clovis 2008 - The Hagens 1
Clovis 2008 - The Hagens 2
Clovis 2008 - The Hagens 3
Clovis 2008 - Barry Holley
Clovis 2008 - John Mueller
Clovis 2008 - Johnny Rogers
Clovis 2007 - John Beecher
Clovis 2007 - John's Photos
Clovis 2007 - Sonny West
Clovis 2007 -  CNJ Reports
Clovis 2006/1 - John Beecher
Clovis 2006/2 - John Beecher
Clovis 2006/3 - John Beecher
Clovis 2006/4 - Alan Clark
Coroner's Report 1959
Crash Headlines 1959
Crash Site Fan Pics 1
Crash Site Fan Pics 2
Crickets 60's Pics
Crickets Last Performance
Dan Springall's Story
Dave Slater's Tribute CD
Dave Travis - Buddy's Song
Dortmund - Albert Lee
Earl Sinks Story - Part 1
Earl Sinks Story - Part 2
Echo - Buddy's First Love
Elvis Fans Visit Lubbock
Every Day - DLP - France
Fan Memories - 1 Berndt (D) (1)
Fan Memories - 2 Andreas (D)
Fan Memories - 3 Mike (USA)
Fan Memories - 4 Joachim (D)
Fan Memories - 5 Alfred (D)
Fan Memories - 6 Robert (UK)
Fan Memories - 7 Berndt (D) (2)
Fan Memories - 8 Rob (Canada)
Fan Memories - 9 Vic & Jack (UK)
Fan Memories - 10 Jan (NL)
Fan Memories - 11 (various)
Fan Memories - 12 (various)
Fan Memories - 13 Alan (UK)
Gerd Alzen 40 J. Memory Hits
German Buddy Fan Eberhard
Geoff Ashford's Tribute Song
George Oblin Story
Gerd's Ritchie Cassettes
Green Bay - T. Allsup Proclam.
Hans & Maria Elena on TV
Holley Family Photos
Hollywood Star For Buddy
Ian Wood Videos
Jac's Cover Song List
Jac's Bio
Jac's Cover Songs 1
Jac's Cover Songs 2
Jac's Cover Songs 3
Jac's Cover Songs 4
Jac's Cover Songs 5
Jac's Cover Songs 6
Japan CD - Rare
Jerry Naylor  1
Jerry Naylor 2
Jerry Naylor 3
Jerry Naylor 4
Jerry Naylor 5
Jerry Naylor 6
Jerry Naylor 2013
J.P. McDermott Story
Jump With Buddy Holly
Klaus - Crickets - Stars
Little Buddy Holly Photo
Liverpool Tribute 2009
Lubbock Photos 2006
Lubbock Photos 2008
Lubbock Photos 2010
Lubbock Photos 2011
My Buddy Holly Collection 1
My Buddy Holly Collection 2
My Buddy Holly Collection 3
My Buddy Holly Collection 4
My Buddy Holly Collection 5
My Buddy Holly Collection 6
My Buddy Holly Collection 7
My Buddy Holly Collection 8
My Buddy Holly Collection 9
My Buddy Holly Collection 10
My Buddy Holly Collection 11
My Buddy Holly Collection 12
My Buddy Holly Collection 13
Nesman Interview 2003
Peggy Sue's Book
Postcards To Buddy
Quotes About Buddy
Remembrance Ad
Riverside Monument
Rock 'n' Roll Museum
Rollercoaster Buddy LP+CD
Running Man 2-3-2008
Surf Ballroom Clear Lake IA
Surf Ballroom Poster 1959
Surf Ballroom 2016
Taryn - A True Buddy Fan
The 1959 WDP Film
The Cover Girls
The Final Day
The Last Tour Exhibition
The Shadows About Buddy
The Wieners Tribute Band NL
Till All Times End - Play
Tim M. Otto Story - 1
Tim M. Otto Story - 2
Tribute To Buddy
Up Up And Away
Visiting Buddy 2002
Visiting Buddy 2007 - 1
Visiting Buddy 2007 - 2
Walk Of Fame - Bill Griggs
Worcester Memorial Pics
Young Fan Siobhan Daly
Xmas All Year Long
V. I. P. ' s


                                                   BUDDY HOLLY


 50. Wiederkehr des letzten Bühnenauftritts von Buddy, Ritchie und dem Big Bopper

                    Im legendären SURF BALLROOM in Clear Lake, Iowa.

      Where the last curtain fell . . .

 Hier fiel der letzte Vorhang für Buddy
 Holly, Ritchie Valens und den Bopper


                                      SURF BALLROOM Clear Lake IA


        3 Stars during the WDP 1959


     Fans have promised to send in reports with tons of photos for my fanpages.

      They want to share the photos taken in Clear Lake with all fans worldwide.

  Fans, die an den Feierlichkeiten teilnehmen, haben mir versprochen, Berichte und

   Fotos für meine Fanseiten zu schicken, damit alle Fans weltweit informiert sind.





For nearly 6 decades, The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA has hosted an amazing array of legendary national artists, from the big band and country swing greats, to the popular rock 'n' rollers of the day. 

Today, restored to the original vintage design, the SURF BALLROOM stands proudly as one of the few remaining venues of its kind in the nation. Throughout its colourful history there is no association with The SURF that is stronger than the fateful last performance of rock 'n' roll stars Buddy Holly, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Ritchie Valens on February 2nd, 1959.


During the annual 'Winter Dance Party' commemoration planned for 2009, there is the extraordinary opportunity to celebrate, “50 Winters Later,” the legacy and influences of these talented young men. 

More broadly, it is an opportunity to mark the calendar of rock 'n' roll history reflecting on the special nature of this moment, paying tribute to music and artists of the past and present, and, the obvious fact that the music did not die February 3rd, 1959.

'Surf Ballroom and Museum, Inc' is a non for profit organization dedicated to the preservation and accurate representation of this historic event.

SATURDAY, January 31st, 2009

10:00am - 4:00pm; 6:30pm - close
All day Surf Admission: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Admission: Free - Winter Dance Party Ticketholders; General Public Admission $5:00

Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Panel Topic: Interviews with 1959 Concert attendees. Hear the stories from those in attendance at the final concert performance of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson at the Surf Ballroom.
Moderator: TBA
Location: EB Stillman Auditorium, Clear Lake Middle School, 1601 ­ 3rd Avenue North, Clear Lake
Tickets: Free Admission

Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Panel Topic: “Clovis Days” From 1956 - 58, Holly & the Crickets recorded some of their best music in Norman Petty's studio. Along with the Fireballs, Roy Orbison, Buddy Knox and others, they created the "Clovis Sound."
Panelists: TBA
Location: EB Stillman Auditorium, Clear Lake Middle School, 1601 ­ 3rd Avenue North, Clear Lake
Tickets: Free Admission

Time: 11:00am & 1:00pm
Location: Departing from the Surf Ballroom Lobby, $7.00 per person
Event Description: Escorted/narrated tour via motorcoach to the farm field north of Clear Lake, IA where the airplane came to rest. Tour length: 75-90 minutes.

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Entertainment: TBA
Location: Surf Ballroom Lounge
Tickets: Free admission for Winter Dance Party Ticketholders; General public admission: $5:00

Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Surf Ballroom
Event Description: A special commemorative cancellation stamp has been created by the Surf Ballroom and USPS to postmark outgoing mail from this station on site at the Surf Ballroom. Purchase event postcards and mailing supplies too!

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Surf Ballroom
Tickets: Free - Winter Dance Party Ticketholders; General Public Admission $5:00

Time: 10:00pm -4:00pm
Location: Clear Lake Middle School Gymnasium, 1601 3rd Avenue North
Tickets: Free admission

Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm 
Panel Topic: "The Last Tour" This panel will focus on the Winter Dance Party, the good memories, the horrible conditions, culminating in stories about the last show.
Panelists: TBA
Location: EB Stillman Auditorium, Clear Lake Middle School, 1601 ­ 3rd Avenue North, Clear Lake
Tickets: Free Admission


Doors Open:

Artists Scheduled to Appear:

Bobby Vee
The Crickets
Johnny Preston
Chris Montez
and Special Guests - TBA
Location: Surf Ballroom
Tickets: SOLD OUT

SUNDAY, February 1st, 2009

10:00am - 4:00pm

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am 
Panel Topic: "Chicano Rock" Examining Chicano rock, its history and the important Influence of Ritchie Valens and the development of the sounds and influence of artists who came after him.
Panelists: TBA
Location: EB Stillman Auditorium, Clear Lake Middle School, 1601 ­ 3rd Avenue North, Clear Lake
Tickets: Free Admission

Time: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Location: Clear Lake Middle School Gymnasium, 1601 3rd Avenue North
Tickets: Free admission

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm 
Panel Topic: "Songwriters Panel" Artist guitar-pull, exploring their songwriting and the influence of Valens, Holly and Bopper on their work.
Panelists: TBA
Location: EB Stillman Auditorium, Clear Lake Middle School, 1601 ­ 3rd Avenue North, Clear Lake
Tickets: Free Admission

Time: 1:00pm 
Location: Surf Ballroom & Museum (Alternate Location: NIACC Auditorium, 500 College Drive, Mason City)
Event Description: Live theatrical performance by talented group of theatre artists from the Spencer Community Theatre, Spencer Iowa. “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” follows the tragically short life of Buddy Holly from his first recording contract, his marriage to a young Puerto Rican girl named Maria Elena, through to his move to New York and concluding with the fatal tour of the Midwest.  This show is not to be missed as Buddy sings his way through two hours of some of the best rock ‘n’ roll songs ever written. Performance scheduled to take place at the Surf Ballroom, with the alternate location (NIACC Auditorium) in the event of ad hoc preparations/private rehearsals for Monday, Feb. 2 commemorative concert. No reserved seating available for this show.
Tickets: $22 Advance

Time: 2:45pm - 4:00pm 
Panel Topic: This panel will be focused on the influence that these artists and this tragic event had in the UK, and the overall Impact on popular music.
Panelists: TBA
Location: EB Stillman Auditorium, Clear Lake Middle School, 1601 ­ 3rd Avenue North, Clear Lake
Tickets: Free Admission

MONDAY, February 2nd, 2009

6:00pm - close

Time: 6:00pm - close 
Location: Surf Ballroom Lounge Stage
Event Description: Tom Fontaine's Rock and Roll Investments will present a special tribute collection exhibit featuring personal items, contracts, lyrics, autographs, etc. belonging to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper Richardson.” Bonus items from The Beatles (celebrating the  45th Anniversary of first arrival in the US), Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison etc. will also be on display during this time. Event open to ticketed 50 Winters Later concert-goers only.


                           FROM  THE  SURF  BALLROOM :    KEVIN  MONTGOMERY



I hope this email finds you well. I'm writing from the side of the stage in
The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.

I'm opening the show tonight with "Wishing", and then am singing with

Pat DiNizio from The Smithereens and Dave Mason.....i'm honored and a

little nervous actually......there are rumors that Paul McCartney, Keith

Richards, and Ron Wood are on their way into Clear Lake for this special

night in rock and roll history.

I chose this day to announce my new website. I've turned it into a

blogger site, and have been videoblogging from this weeks festivities.
I interviewed Tommy Allsup from the Surf's dressing room about his
fateful toss of the coin with Ritchie Valens 50 Years ago tonight.
I also grabbed Maria Elena Holly for an uplanned and impromptu chat
in the dressing room as well.

     I hope that you will visit http://www.kevinmontgomery.com , and sign up for email updates, and/or sign up for my feed. I'm really going to work on blogging regularly. Please take care, and let me know what you think of the new and improved site. Also, i'm booking house concerts for the new year......let me know if you know anyone who wants to host one.

As i'm finishing writing.......Los Lobos are beginning their soundcheck!.
Rock and Roll heaven........


                                               Kevin Montgomery


50 Winters Later Commemorative Concert

Artists Scheduled to Appear:

Tommy Allsup
Big Bopper JR
The Crickets
Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens
Joe Ely
Wanda Jackson
Los Lobos
Los Lonely Boys
Delbert McClinton
Chris Montez
Cousin Brucie Morrow
Graham Nash
Peter & Gordon
Sir Tim Rice
Bobby Vee

and special guests TBA

House Band:

Kenny Aronoff
Chuck Leavell
Bobby Keys
Hutch Hutchinson

Doors Open: 6:00pm
Concert: 7:00pm
Location: Surf Ballroom
Tickets: $85

Events informations available on this website  www.50winterslater.com

© The Surf Ballroom

Surf pics by kind courtesy of Linda, The Surf Ballroom

               The Hall of Fame



We'll always remember Buddy Holly