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Famed recording session confirmed by drummer

Famed recording session confirmed by drummer

Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 8:34 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The original drummer for Buddy Holly and The Crickets is confirming a bit of rock-and-roll lore: The famous group did in fact record the hit single, “Maybe Baby,” and three other songs in the officers club at Tinker Air Force Base more than 50 years ago. No one at Tinker has ever been able to confirm the fateful recording session in the early hours of Sept. 29, 1957, although album liner notes have said this occurred. The Oklahoman contacted Jerry Allison, the original drummer, for the confirmation that the band recorded “Maybe Baby,” “You’ve Got Love,” “An Empty Cup” and “Rock Me, My Baby” during this session. “I do remember recording those songs there,” said Allison, who lives in Nashville. The band performed at the Oklahoma City Municipal Auditorium on Sept. 29, 1957, as one of the acts with the Show of Stars ’57. “They thought we were a black act when they first booked it. So it was perfect we were big fans of Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, the Drifters and Clyde McPhatter,” Allison said. Almost 17 months later, on Feb. 3, 1959 — the date known as “The Day the Music Died” — Holly, The Big Bopper and Richie Valens were killed in a plane crash following a concert in Clear Lake, Iowa. Published in The Messenger 10.29.08

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