well, i have begun research on another round of posting...
it all started with the idea to do a post about buddy holly. i guess every time i see crazy ass gary busey i think of buddy holly because gary just loved him so much.
i saw the movie a long time ago. before, in fact, gary's motorcycle accident. i can't watch it now.. because it's losses on top of losses... gary couldn't do a performance like that ever again after his brain damage.
i can't imagine losing three major acts all at once like that... how kids must have felt with buddy holly, richie valens, and the big booper all dying in an iowa plane crash. buddy holly was 22 years old and i think richie valens was even younger (they're showing la bamba on one of the music channels, maybe i'll watch it). this happened in 1959.
in 1956, there had been a big tour of mostly r&b stars: the top stars of 56 tour was headlined by al hibbler, frankie lymon and the teenagers (they made a movie about him, too... he had a lot of ladies), carl perkins (his song "blue suede shoes" was on the r&b charts in 56). also performing (for at least part of the tour, maybe all of it) were chuck berry, cathy carr, shirley & lee, della reese, and the cleftones.
one of the shows had 8,000 seats/capacity. 50,000-70,000 kids tried to attend the concert. traffic was tied up for seven hours due to this... i guess i see why the adults got annoyed with the "darned kids and their loud music!" can you imagine trying to get home for work among a bunch of teenagers trying to get to a concert. and since it was the 50s... you know, they had hot rods back then... i'm just saying..
so, this has morphed into an idea to do some posts about various singers from back in the day... just whoever turns out to have an intriguing story.
i may also do a post on cab calloway since daddy once said about him, "he was really going big, but he just quit." the reason? the mafia wanted their cut (according to something my father heard cab saying), so cab calloway decided it might be safer to be obscure. fortunately, janet jackson had used cab in one of her videos or i might not have ever heard that interesting little story. "really going big" was my father's highest praise for an entertainer, btw.
researching it, i've already run across so many famous names that it's crazy. so this may turn out to be rather involved... but i'm going to try! :)