|The original poster advertising the event|
I, Bob Dylan and other area youths packed the Duluth Armory on January 31, 1959 to take in the performances of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson, three of Rock and Roll’s most promising musicians of that era. “The Winter Dance Party Tour” began on January 23, 1959 with performances scheduled for 24 cities. The Duluth appearance took place three days before the tour tragically ended.
My friend, Lew Latto, was the producer and MC of the Armory show that also included Dion and the Belmonts. Lew was a precocious teen who became a popular disc jockey as a youth and continued on with a successful career in radio until his death in 2011.
Ed Newman, blogger on Ennyman's Territory, interviewed me about that evening. Read it HERE.
HERE. For more about the revitalization of the Historic Duluth Armory, follow that link.
You can find more photos and accounts of the original Duluth Dance Party Tour on the News Tribune Attic on January 31, 2014.