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58 years on, Holly’s buddy dies

January 12, 2017 by norman lebrecht

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At one in the morning on February 3, 1959, Buddy Holly and his tour band stood around a small plane at Clear Lake, Iowa, trying to decide who would fly to the next venue and who would have to take the rattly, cold bus.

Guitarist Tommy Allsup lost a coin toss to teenage star Ritchie Valens, who died with Holly in the subsequent air crash.

Allsup, who went on to become a successful producer, died yesterday, aged 85.


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