Surf Ballroom en Holly, Valens, Big Bopper Remembered <p></p><p>The annual tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper is winding down in Clear Lake as fans remember the plane crash that ended the careers of three talented rock and roll superstars. We talk with the man who emceed the tragic Winter Dance Party of 1955.</p><p></p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 35561 at Holly, Valens, Big Bopper Remembered Best Music of Iowa Archives <p>If you've new to the Iowa Archives project, this&nbsp;special broadcast is the best&nbsp;link to click; featuring more than 100 years of music with connections to Iowa. We've reached into our collection of historic sound treasures for old radio clips, rare recordings and cherished interviews. You will be astonished at the depth of Iowa's contributions to music, from composers, to vocalists and even places that have become music landmarks. It is like a variety show for the ages, with performances by&nbsp;Glenn Miller, Andy Williams, Superman&nbsp;and much more.&nbsp;Highly recommended!</p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 12616 at Best Music of Iowa Archives Frankie Sardo, Last Interview <p></p><p>The Surf Ballroom is holding its Winter Dance Party next week in Clear Lake. Among the rock and roll legends scheduled to attend is the man who performed the opening act at the tragic Winter Dance Party in 1959. This will be his first trip back.</p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 30 Jan 2010 11:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 19059 at Frankie Sardo, Last Interview Fifty Winters Later (Part Two) <p></p><p></p><p>We conclude our series from the Surf Ballroom and the corn field where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper and pilot Roger Peterson were killed in a plane crash in 1959. Sounds from the late '50s in California, New York, and unknown recording studios.&nbsp;Historic audio is from YouTube.&nbsp;(Part One is posted below)</p> Fri, 30 Jan 2009 11:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 1907 at Fifty Winters Later (Part Two) Fifty Winters Later (Part One) <p>It was 50 winters ago when the fledgling rock and roll world was stunned by the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.&nbsp;We remember their last live performance at the Surf Ballroom&nbsp;in Clear Lake. Sounds from the late '50s in New York, Denver and unknown studios. Historic audio is from YouTube.</p> Thu, 29 Jan 2009 05:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 16122 at Fifty Winters Later (Part One)