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Subject: Re: turn and face the strange changes

Lachlan (G'day, Dale)
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Date Posted: Tue January 03, 2023 22:41:36
In reply to: Dale 's message, "Re: turn and face the strange changes" on Wed December 28, 2022 17:18:44

A gritty ten part mini-series of movie length episodes would be the go, I reckon.

It would have to be based on the research of those who have worked hard on dispelling the myths of Buddy's life, a great many of whom post on this board. Accuracy is what I'd like to see.

We'd see Buddy and his family as the good people they were, but not ignore their faults or failings. They were human after all, in an era long gone.

We'd see Buddy develop his interest in music by watching his brothers, and mother and sister singing. When he first teamed up with Jack Neal and Bob Montgomery. The KDAV Sunday Parties, and hi Pockets Duncan becoming Buddy and Bob's manager. Being introduced to Sonny Curtis by Bob Montgomery, and making the Nesman Studio recordings. Supporting country stars performing in Lubbock.

The metamorphosis of Buddy from country picker to a rocker, after seeing and meeting Elvis Presley. Meeting and teaming up with Jerry Allison. Going to see The Searchers, and writing "That'll Be The Day". Buddy being spotted by Eddie Crandell, and the requesting Dave Stone get Buddy to cut a demo of four original songs, and not to change his style.

Accurate portrayal of the Decca sessions, and how the key players (Holly, Owen Bradley, Jim Denny et al) interacted with each other during the sessions. Buddy's disappointment at Decca's disinterest in promoting him. His return from Nashville, and first trip to Clovis to meet and record with Norman Petty.

Preparing to record TBTD with The Crickets and Tollets at June Clarke's house, and the recording session in Clovis. Norman Petty can finally be portrayed accurately, and not as the villain of the story. Norman did have his failings, but I believe overall he wasn't a bad person.

Norman taking TBTD to New York, and the trouble he had getting the record companies to take and release it before finding success with Murray Deutsch and Bob Thiele. Buddy's disappointment at nothing happening, then ringing New York to find out the song was taking off.

The first tour where The Crickets were mistaken as a black vocal group. The Apollo shows, and the lead up to being accepted by a tough audience. Meeting many of the rockers on their first Rock'n'Roll package tour, many of whom became their friends (The Everlys; Chuck Berry; Eddie Cochran et al). The first Ed Sullivan Show appearance. The Crickets returning to Lubbock and Clovis. Niki Sullivan quitting the group.

More recording in Clovis and touring nationally. Buddy changing his image by having his teeth capped, getting better clothes on a shopping trip in New York with the Everly Brothers, and finally getting his first pair of horn-rimmed glasses. The Second Ed Sullivan Show, and it's aftermath where Buddy told them to shove it, after being asked to return.

The Crickets returning to Lubbock, stopping in Dallas to buy motorbikes. Time off in Lubbock, before going to Clovis for more recording sessions etc. The UK tour. The Australian tour. Buddy meeting and dating Maria Elena Santiago, and their subsequent marriage. The joint honeymoon with Jerry and Peggy Sue. The Summer Dance Party with Tommy Allsup as a member of The Crickets.

The birth and plans of Prism. The String Sessions. Buddy moving to New York, and the split with The Crickets. Buddy planning for his future career. Legal wranglings and marital tensions. Norman Petty trying to get Buddy's money unfrozen so he could get what he was owed. The Winter Dance Party being put together, and Buddy selecting his band members for the tour.

The Winter Dance Party. I think this part needs to be told, warts and all. The buses breaking down, and the troupe not being able to wash their clothing. The bus freezing up in the middle of the night, and Carl Bunch being taken to hospital after getting frostbite.

Accuracy of what did and didn't happen in Clear Lake is paramount. The hiring of the plane. Waylon giving up his seat, and the coin flip between Ritchie and Tommy. Carroll Anderson taking the boys to the airport. The plane taking off. We then cut to the air control tower where Jerry Dwyer notices the tail light descending, and Mr Bryan's subsequent attempts at trying to contact the plane.

We then see Jerry contact the control tower for any updates from home during the night. A stressed Jerry going out the next morning and locating the wreckage. We don't actually see the crash, only Jerry radioing in saying he'd found them from the plane he is flying. Cut to Moorhead, where we see The Winter Dance Party troupe arriving at the motel, and the tour manager telling Waylon he wants to talk to him after coming back out of the hotel office. Waylon tells Tommy to go instead, sensing something is wrong. Tommy goes into the office and gets the news about the plane crash. Ashen faced, he returns to the bus and tells the rest of the troupe "The boys didn't make it".

The last episode could focus on the aftermath of Buddy's death, and the subsequent legacies - Bobby Vee and The Shadows filling a vacant slot on the Moorhead show. Ronnie Smith arriving, and Carl Bunch returning from hospital. The meeting at GAC in New York about who were and weren't Crickets. Special focus on Buddy's biggest legacy, the rise of Waylon Jennings as a country music star.

How about that for an idea? If only we could find a backer...

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Re: turn and face the strange changesDale (Hi L)Fri January 06, 2023 18:28:06

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