July 24, 1987 |
An early death is almost commonplace among pop stars, but there is surely no more unusual epitaph associated with all of rock's tragedies than the one written on Ritchie Valens' headstone in Los Angeles. His stage name, Ritchie Valens, and his given name, Richard Valenzuela, share equal space on the marker. Beneath them are the title and music to the opening bars of his first hit, "Come On Let's Go. " "That's just the way Connie (Valens' mother) wanted it," said Luis Valdez.
May 6, 1987 |
Columbia Pictures might have a huge hit on its hands. "La Bamba," Columbia's $6.2-million film based on the life of the late Hispanic rocker Ritchie Valens, received a standing ovation last week at a screening for those attending the Fifth National Hispanic Media Conference and Expo. The group represents more than 1,200 American-Hispanic professional journalists. The screening, attended by the film's writer-director Luis Valdez, its star, Lou Diamond Phillips, and other cast members, was frequently interrupted by applause.
September 17, 1999 |
"Why do you want to play this rock-and-roll?" splutters an exasperated Hipockets Duncan, the No. 1 disc jockey and man-about-music in Lubbock, Texas, back in the mid-'50s. "You can make yourself into a big country star. " But Charles Hardin "Buddy" Holly didn't want to be a big country star, and a disastrous recording session in Nashville persuaded him he was right. Which is why he kept looking for a hospitable studio and eventually found one in Clovis, N.M., where he and his band, the Crickets, laid down a rock-and-roll song called "That'll Be the Day. " And the rest is you-know-what.
May 25, 2012 |
If you don't come out of the Walnut Street Theatre humming these days, then you just don't hum at all. For me it was "That'll Be the Day," but then I turned to "Peggy Sue," which will still be in my head next week this time, the way these things go. The Walnut's new main-stage show is Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, and what you see in that title is precisely what you get - both the everyday and the quirky stuff about the short...
May 8, 1997 |
It was a minor development, one of dozens that goes largely unnoticed in baseball every day. Orioles outfielder Eric Davis suffered a strained hamstring early in last night's game against the Anaheim Angels and had to leave the game. It may not be much. But it is at least another nudge that seems to push Baltimore closer to making a deal for Phillies rightfielder Darren Daulton. Not that the O's baseball people seem to need further convincing. According to wire stories, manager Davey Johnson has spoken at length about the benefit of adding a lefthanded hitter to his roster.
November 12, 1990 |
Buddy took me by surprise. So did Paul Hipp, the kid from Warminster who gives such a mesmerizing performance as rock and roll's Buddy Holly. You see, when it comes to rock and roll, I missed the boat. I never paid much attention when it was at its height and I haven't thought about it since. That may explain why I lost my footing at the Shubert Theater in New York the other night and slipped into a state of high excitement. Expecting some synthetic exploitation of the nostalgia market, I found an infectiously happy and dynamic evocation of musical history.
June 2, 1991 |
When Paul Hipp left Warminster to chase dreams of fame in New York City, his father didn't stop him. "I always thought he'd do something big," said Jack Hipp, recalling when his teenage son left home. "He was destined for greatness. " After a few years of playing in garage bands and performing in local bars, Paul Hipp set his sights on stardom, grabbed his guitar and never looked back. Now, he has been nominated for a Tony Award as best actor in the musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story in which he starred as the 22-year-old rock legend.
February 3, 2009 |
The cold February wind cut through Clear Lake, Iowa, that night 50 years ago, and temperatures plummeted into the single digits. Inside the Surf Ballroom, the "Winter Dance Party Tour" - starring Dion and the Belmonts, J.P. Richardson (the "Big Bopper"), Ritchie Valens, and Buddy Holly - was finishing its show. The weary performers dreaded another ride on their freezing tour bus. Its heater had broken, and one of them was suffering from frostbite. Holly couldn't bear the thought of riding the bus to the next city, so he leased a small plane that could hold three.
December 9, 2010
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Jayson Werth followed the money to Nationals Park. A couple of potential replacements, free agents Matt Diaz and Jeff Francoeur, have signed elsewhere since the winter meetings started. It's more than 2 months until pitchers and catchers will once again convene at the Carpenter Complex is Clearwater. Plenty of time to make a move, formulate a plan. Still, worry lines are beginning to form on the collective forehead of Phillies Nation. Who, inquiring minds demand, is going to bat fifth for manager Charlie Manuel next season?
December 28, 1990 |
The discriminating theatergoer might be pardoned for thinking that Broadway decided to take the 1990-91 season off. It only feels that way. There have been 14 new productions so far, compared with 17 in the same period last year. Counting holdovers, there are 23 productions on the boards; the figure a year ago was 26. The theatergoer in search of Broadway fare in these midwinter doldrums, then, has an acceptable number of shows from which to choose. But he or she will have to work at the job, for it's quality, not numbers, that makes the season look so ghostly - as if it weren't for real.