Buddy Holly And The Crickets played the Apollo Theatre tonight in 1957

August 17, 2017

 

 

Buddy Holly & The Crickets 

were the first white band to play the Apollo Theater in Harlem

 

The band was booked to play the Apollo Theater in Harlem on August 16th in 1957

by a promoter who assumed they were black

 

Holly and the band were booed by the crowd

who were expecting to see an R&B group

that also used the name 'The Crickets'

and what they got was this new white guy

with his big glasses and “hiccup” delivery

 

However, by the second song

the audience began cheering

and dancing in the aisles

for the Lubbock, Texas band

Also on the bill that night were Roy Hamilton

Shep And The Limelites and Clarence "Frogman" Henry

 

Buddy with his big glasses

and “hiccup” delivery

Buddy Holly & The Crickets - Peggy Sue

Ed Sullivan Show - 1957

 

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