Holly’s star on Hollywood Walk of Fame leads to Music Box concert
By William Kerns |A-J ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
What began as an overdue ceremony planned in Hollywood on Wednesday for Charles Hardin “Buddy” Holly has been transformed into a Los Angeles celebration and concert attracting many of the music industry’s most respected stars.
The Lubbock-born Holly died at age 22, having recorded more than two-dozen enduring hits in the two years prior to his death. He’s receiving his much-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on his 75th birthday — but there’s much more.
■ Wednesday is Buddy Holly Day in Los Angeles, voted on and approved by the Los Angeles City Council.
■ The star ceremony will attract a number of supporters and celebrity participants with an invitation-only reception afterwards inside one of Capitol Records’ historic recording studios. Holly’s star is close to 1750 Vine St., in front of the historic Capitol Records Tower.
■ An even bigger party will take place Wednesday night at the Music Box on Hollywood Boulevard where producer Peter Asher and performers will celebrate the release of Asher’s Buddy Holly tribute CD, “Listen to Me: Buddy Holly.”
Some of the 16 recording artists who reinterpreted Holly’s music on the CD, and many others, will perform in the concert, which will be filmed for later PBS broadcast.
Confirmed participants are Paul Anka, Michelle Branch, Chris Isaak, Lyle Lovett, Raul Malo, Graham Nash, Stevie Nicks, Boz Scaggs and Patrick Stump.
Lubbock native Holly is the only member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s inaugural 1986 induction class to not have a star on the famous Los Angeles street.
The other members of that class are Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers and Little Richard.
Kevin Magowan wanted to fix that oversight.
The longtime Buddy Holly fan made a pilgrimage from Los Angeles to Lubbock in 2009.
He continued to Dallas to meet Holly’s widow, Maria Elena Holly, and tell her he wanted to help Buddy receive the star.
She gave him permission to represent her.
Maria knew the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will not accept a submission package for nomination without a $25,000 fee, to be used for the creation and installation of each 300-pound star and for general maintenance.
“I just thought, for me to do that, that is, for me to nominate my husband and pay the fee, would look tacky,” she told the A-J.
No corporation was willing to pay the full $25,000.
However, when Paul McCartney’s MPL Communications, Peer Music and Universal Records learned they could split the fee three ways, all agreed to fund the effort.
Magowan also played a key role in finding the best place for Buddy’s star: close to the Beatles. In fact, the block next to Buddy’s star is reserved for Paul McCartney, who has not had time to attend and be inducted.
Just like the West Texas Walk of Fame in Lubbock, it is mandatory any living honoree make a personal appearance at his or her induction ceremony.
The star induction ceremonies always take place at 11:30 a.m., or 1:30 p.m. Texas time, according to Ana Martinez at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
Lubbock’s KCBD-TV will provide a live feed of the Buddy Holly star ceremony that can be viewed at a “watching party” at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave.
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Lubbock’s most famous native son would turn 75 Wednesday. To honor Buddy Holly and his legacy, the A-J will be running the following stories:
■ Saturday: “Down the Line” A look at James and Patty Simpson’s cornfield maze in Buddy’s likeness.
■ Sunday: “Not Fade Away” — Phil Everly, Graham Nash and a host of others tell A-J entertainment editor Bill Kerns why Buddy’s music remains relevant today.
■ Tuesday: “Words of Love” — How Lubbock plans to fete its favorite native son.
■ Wednesday: “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” — The man responsible for Buddy’s Hollywood Star tells how a dream became reality.
■ Thursday: “Oh Boy!” — Coverage of Buddy’s star on the Walk of Fame; Lubbock’s soiree
■ Friday: “Well … All Right” — Coverage of an all-star concert supporting a second tribute album released this year.
If you miss a day, all these stories and more are on our Buddy Holly Archives at http://www.buddyhollyarchives.com/.