Friday, February 26, 2010

1950's Early Rock&Rollers Were Kids

Danny and the Juniors
At the Hop
Lead singer Danny Rapp was an Irish kid from Philadelphia. He committed suicide in 1983 at age 31.

Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
Why Do Fools Fall In Love?
Frankie's career declined after he left the group and he died of a heroin overdose at his grandmother's house at age 25.

Ritchie Vallens (Richard Valenzuela)
La Bama

He died in an airpane crash at the age of 17.
Ritchie Vallens
Come On Let's Go

The plane crash that took the life of Ritchie Vallens also killed one of the biggest of the early rock stars: Buddy Holly. Here he is on December 29, 1957.
Buddy Holly and the Crickets
Peggy Sue

Buddy Holly and the Crickets
True Love Ways
Recorded in New York about 4 months before his death at age 22.

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