Author Gary W. Moore goes looking for the music of his generation that he missed, and a rock star he barely heard of.
The complete title of this e-book is “Hey Buddy: In Pursuit of Buddy Holly, My Buddy John” and My Lost Decade of Music.”
Gary W. Moore is the author of “Playing With the Enemy,” the story of Moore’s father’s baseball career which was interrupted by WWII.
In “Hey Buddy,” Moore reveals how an evening with his in-laws at a recreation of the “Winter Dance Party” set in motion a journey back to the time of Buddy Holly.
The “Winter Dance Party” was the tour that Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valenz and “The Big Bopper,” J.P. Richardson, Jr. were on when they were killed in an airplane crash. The plane, piloted by Roger Peterson, also killed, crashed into a cornfield in Iowa.
The concert Moore was practically dragged to by his wife, Arlene, turned out to be a life changing event. Gary was unable to let Buddy go, he had to know more not only about Buddy, but about music from this time in history. As it turns out, several major British bands, “The Beatles” and “The Rolling Stones,” both listened to Buddy’s music and emulated it.
It became clear that Moore was going to write a book. He was keen to let people know that it isn’t a biography.
“Hey Buddy” is a personal journey-a search for the meaning of Buddy and how he continues to influence, more than five decades after his horrific and untimely death, the lives of others.
Along the way Moore meets many colorful characters. Each person has something to do with Buddy Holly and each has a unique story.
Most importantly being John Mueller, who plays Buddy in the “Winter Dance Party” tour. Gary and John become good friends and John greatly enhances his journey to finding Buddy.
Writing on a very personal level, Gary W. Moore not only tells the story of Buddy and his colleagues, but of five decades of music since then.
The title, “Hey Buddy: In Pursuit of Buddy Holly, My Buddy John” and “My Lost Decade of Music,” is a long title. Every word of the title is necessary. This isn’t just about Buddy, It’s about a man who lost out on the music of his childhood. The music of each generation defines that generation. This book is about finding the music he missed and he does indeed find what he was looking for.
For the most part this book is full of wonderful stories of the people who shared their memories of Buddy and the others that were lost that Feb. night so long ago.
There is one thing I would like to have had Mr. Moore’s opinion on regarding “The Big Bobber, J.P. Richardson, Jr.
Richardson’s son plays his father in the “Winter Dance Party.” Jay Perry Richardson, had his father exhumed to move him to a grave near his mother. It was during this time that Richardson had his father autopsied. There were rumors that Richardson had been shoot during the flight, or had survived the crash and tried to go for help. When the forensic anthropologist, Bill Bass, opened the casket to remove the body, it was discovered that the body was very well preserved. Richardson, for the first time saw his father. Jay was born two months after his father’s death. The resemblance is said to have been amazing.
The findings of the autopsy were that no gun shot wound was found. The Big Bopper had injuries so severe that there is no way he could have walked anywhere.
Bass’ conclusion is that Richardson probably died on impact.
For whatever reason Moore doesn’t mention this.
Regardless, this is a great read for people who remember Buddy from their life experience at the time, or from a secondary discovery later in life.
This is a great rock ‘n roll history lesson.
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