Left – Scott Cameron. Photo – Justin McManus
Oh boy! Buddy Holly lives.
Don Mclean cried the day the music died and memorialised that fateful day in 1959, when Buddy Holly lost his life in a plane crash, in his hit song “American Pie”. Music had lost a true legend but little did, Mclean or anyone else know that for the next six decades people would be celebrating the music of Buddy Holly.
In a mere two year recording life, the bespectacled boy from Lubbock Texas, and his band the Crickets churned out rock ‘n’ roll classics that would later influence the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Hollies and Eric Clapton to name a few.
It’s so easy to fall in love with the music and the myth surrounding the demise of Holly and it’s just as easy to fall in love with Scott Cameron as he resurrects the songs that rave on and never fade away.
Cameron is recognised as one of the best Holly impersonators in the world and on the evidence of this show it’s easy to see why. From the opening tune “Reddy Teddy”, to the finale “Rave On”, he literally has people dancing in the aisles; including a white-haired octogenarian wearing a gold lame suit. With the signature horn-rimmed glasses and hiccup in the voice, Cameron captures the spirit of the Texan’s style, and with his own engaging personality, he drives the show forward as he shakes rattles and rolls. It’s a celebration of Rock ‘N’ Roll split into two sets.
This homage is all about the music – and there’s plenty. The first set offers an energetic and accomplished performance of other artistes such as Elvis (That’s Alright Mama), Billy Haley (Rock Around the Clock ), Jerry Lee Lewis (Great Balls of Fire) and many more. Cameron and his backing trio bring a strong stage presence and demonstrate a mysterious ability to to channel the greats of the 1950s. The pacing is snappy as the band re-creates the era and the ambience that surrounded teenagers of the time.
But when the music changes direction in the second set, Cameron is spot-on. He is Buddy Holly and all the songs are taken form Holly’s discography including; “Maybe Baby”, “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” True Love ways”, Words of Love, Rock Around with Ollie Vee”, “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”, “Heartbeat” and many more. The fact that this show focuses not on the day the music died, but on the joyful, vivacious songs makes it a huge success. There’s hit after hit of nostalgic delight as spine-tingling renditions wash over the auditorium. Even after 60 years these songs have an infectious power to evoke a musical era that simply won’t grow old. Will Buddy Holly’s music fade away? That’ll be the day.
Happy Days Records presents
Buddy: In Concert, 60 Years of Buddy Holly
Venue: Dunstan Playhouse
Date: 20 Nov 2015
Tickets: $65 – $59