Author Archives: Rick Thorne

25 QUESTIONS

with Matt Salisbury, Director of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story.
It’s 25 years since the curtains first opened on Buddyand one vital member of the production has been here from the start… Having seen thousands of performances, Matt Salisbury, the original Company Manager and now Director knows the show probably better than anyone else. Here we ask him 25 questions to mark this quarter century milestone.

True Love Ways

TRUE LOVE WAYS
by Rick Thorne

If such a thing as love at first sight really does exist, then Maria Elena Holly, Buddy's widow, says the two experienced that very thing the first time they met, one June morning in 1958. Puerto Rican-born Maria Elena Santiago was working at the New York offices of Peer-Southern Music, where her aunt Provi was head of Latin music. Here, she recalls her first encounter with the man she would marry just weeks later, and shares memories of life with Buddy the man, his music, and the legend...

Buddy Amazing

BUDDY AMAZING!
by John Beecher

(Author of Remembering Buddy)

How could a musical featuring the songs and the story of Buddy Holly become such a success more than 30 years after his death?