Welcome to the final production of American Blues Theater’s 32nd season “The Beat Goes On”. We proudly present a revival of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story for Chicago audiences.

Charles Hardin Holley (nicknamed “Buddy” in childhood) was born in Lubbock, Texas during the Great Depression. His early music was influenced by the gospel, country, and rhythm & blues genres.  After opening for Elvis Presley at the age of nineteen, Buddy shifted his aesthetic to rock & roll. Due to a simple typo on his record contract – a missing “e” in his surname –  the name “Buddy Holly” stuck, as did his infectious tunes.

In his too-short life, he wrote, recorded, and produced his own material.  He’s regarded as one of the most significant figures in the birth of rock music. He’s often cited as the innovator of the traditional rock lineup of instruments – two guitars, bass, and drums.

Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Elton John all name Buddy Holly as a major inspiration in their respective careers.  John Lennon and Paul McCartney paid homage to Buddy Holly & The Crickets by naming their band after another insect. McCartney even owns the publishing rights to the entire Holly song catalogue.

Buddy Holly is an American music icon.  Lost too soon, we’re fortunate to have his vast songbook and recordings.  American Blues is thrilled to share his legacy with the next generation.  It’s our mission to partner each production with great causes.  For Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, we offer complimentary tickets to students of Chicago Public Schools and Guitars Over Guns. In addition, our extraordinarily talented artists will visit assisted-living facilities and hospitals to give mini-concerts.

From the young to old, Buddy Holly’s music appeals to all ages. His songs will fill your heart with a hopeful spirit. Who couldn’t use that?

– Gwendolyn Whiteside

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