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Hayes State Park, Irish Hiils, Michigan: The Wamplers Lake Dance Pavilion was built by the WPA about 1935 and has been torn down. It was once the home to famous Big Bands. This is my tribute to it. (Mystery Hill was across the road)

Dance Hall, July 1959

Charles Suddeth

Jitter buggers once ruled the dance pavilion,

Glenn Miller bopped to “In the Mood.”

Someone dropped a 45 on the turntable,

Ricky Nelson warbled “Lonesome Town.”

Bobby soxers danced barefoot,

We sat on the floor and watched.

Dance with the girls, said my aunt,

I shook my head and hid in the shadows.

Another 45 plopped down,

Buddy Holly belted out “That’ll be the Day.”

A man wearing a string tie muttered,

This past winter, Buddy’s plane crashed.

I caught up with the other boys,

We played tag in the warm night.


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Two incredible music people were born in the 30s and died long ago in plane crashes. Buddy Holly born September 7, 1936 – died February 3, 1959 in an Iowa cornfield. Patsy Cline September 8 (some sources claim 7th), 1932 – died March 5, 1963 in Tennessee. Both pilots were flying in bad weather but were unqualified to fly with just instruments. Both crashes occurred shortly after takeoff. Rock died in 1959, country in 1963.(Buddy 1st)

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“That’ll be the day”–Buddy Holly died 61 years ago today. Rock and roll died with him.

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