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Some rights reserved by badgreeb RECORDSRock and roll comes to Sarasota’s  when the musical “Buddy” rocks the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in January.

“Buddy,” which tells the story of Buddy Holly, is the “World’s Most Successful Rock ‘n’ Roll Musical” and has been rocking audiences for 25 years.

We know how rock ‘n’ roll legend Buddy Holly’s life ended “the day the music died,” but “Buddy” tells the life of this musical genius and how his songs touched us.  We all have our own “Peggy Sue”  and understand how our hearts were broken on  “That’ll Be the Day.”

Well, that’ll be the day, when you say goodbye

Yes, that’ll be the day, when you make me cry

You say you’re gonna leave, you know it’s a lie

‘Cause that’ll be the day when I die

Taken from us when he was only 22, Charles Hardin Holly was a singer-songwriter at the birth of rock ‘n’ roll in the mid-1950s.

Born during the Great Depression in Lubbock, Texas, Holly grew up in a musical family and learned how to play the guitar with his siblings. The music he grew up with — country music and rhythm and blues shaped his musical identity.

According to Wikipedia, In 1955, Holly and his friend Bob Montgomery opened for another young rock ‘n’ roller, a fellow called Elvis Presley.

As his music moved from country music to rock ‘n’ roll, Holly’s big break was when he opened for Bill Haley & His Comets in 1955 and a music scout saw him and helped him get a contract with Decca Records.

With the help of record producer Norman Petty, Holly and his band recorded “That’ll Be the Day.”

Well, you give me all your lovin’ and your turtle dovin’

All your hugs and kisses and your money too

Well, you know you love me baby

Until you tell me, maybe

That some day, well I’ll be through

Here is some rock ‘n’ roll trivia: After Holly and his band recorded “That’ll Be the Day” Petty sent the demo to Brunswick Records who released the song, but credited it to “The Crickets” because Holly was still signed by Decca. And, thus, Buddy Holly and the Crickets were born.

“That’ll Be the Day”  became a hit in the United States and United Kingdom. Holly’s next big hit was “Peggy Sue”.

In the 1950s and 1960s musical talent knew they made it if they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, and Holly and the Crickets were on the CBS show twice by 1958.

The band, as many do, broke up in the late 1950s at which time Holly,now married to Maria Elena Santiago, brought together a new band, which included Waylon Jennings, long before he became a country music legend.

Well, that’ll be the day, when you say goodbye

Yes, that’ll be the day, when you make me cry

You say you’re gonna leave, you know it’s a lie

‘Cause that’ll be the day when I die

With the new band, Holly went on a Midwest tour and “on the day the music died” as Don Mclean immortalized Holly in his classic, “American Pie,” Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper took a charter airplane from Clear Lake, Iowa to Moorhead, Minnesota, but never made it, killing all three rock ‘n’ rollers and the pilot.

Killed when he was only 22 years old, the world will never know all the songs Holly would have written if he had lived a long life. Holly was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2986 and Rolling Stones listed him No. 13 on its “100 Greatest Artists.”

Sarasota audiences will be able to relive the legend that is Buddy Holly at one-night performance of “Buddy” on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, at 8 p.m.

Make it a special evening for you and your spouse. Get dressed up like they used to for a Broadway show premiere. Call a sedan service, get picked up by a professional chauffeur and turn a night at the theater into a night for the ages.

For more information, go to the Van Wezel’s website.