Sunday, December 16, 2018

West Oahu is rolling.

From Dancing USA,
Rock "n" Roll was in the early stages in 1959 when a touring group of fledgling musicians set out to set the world on fire with their music. In 1959, the troupe was on it’s fourth national tour. They filled the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa with hundreds of fans. The next morning Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson chartered a plane to Fargo, Minnesota. The weather was bad but they took the chance.

“Social dancers believe that dance should comfort the disturbed and
understand that it will probably disturb the comfortable.”


Soon after takeoff, late at night and in poor, wintry weather conditions, the pilot lost control of the light aircraft, a Beechcraft Bonanza, which subsequently crashed into a cornfield. Everyone on board was killed. The event has since been mentioned in various songs and films. A number of monuments have been erected at the crash site and in Clear Lake, where an annual memorial concert is also held at the Surf Ballroom, the venue that hosted the artists' last performance.

 "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" by Poison  (1988)


Many national brand musicians must travel far to please their fans. This is usually by plane because of the distance. It much safer now than 50 years ago but they can still crash. Fortunately most of "our musicians" on Oahu all live and play here. The only danger is a car accident and we are fortunate to have some of the best musicians in the Pacific. The Night Club scene is getting larger now that somebody knows that dancers are not drunks. Now how you gonna handle that?

“Social dancers know that there is a need to find and sing our own song, to stretch our limbs and shake them in a dance so wild that nothing can roost there.” 

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