February 1, 2013
Host Jim Peck interviews Musician/Historian Mark Shurilla about The 1959 Winter Dance Party, a rock 'n roll tour that included Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and "The Big Bopper" J.P. Richardson. They died in a plane crash after eleven days of concerts around the Midwest on February 3, 1959. The day is commemorated by Don McLean as "the day the music died". The Winter Dance Party started Jan. 23, 1959, in Milwaukee-- at George Devine's Million Dollar Ballroom (now the Eagles Club). The program also features commentary by Donna Fischer-Doffing and her brother Ron Fischer who attended that concert, as well as Tony Szikil, a photographer who took photos of the Jan. 24, 1959 performance at the Kenosha Eagles Club.