The Crickets in Vancouver, 1962

Did you know producer Norman Petty arranged for the Crickets‘ records to be marketed under two separate names? Solo vocals went out as “Buddy Holly” and songs with backing vocals were issued as “The Crickets”. This photo of the Crickets shows the entire band after Buddy Holly‚Äôs death. L-R Glen D. Hardin, Sonny Curtis, me,…

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Rick Nelson in Portland, 1959

Rick Nelson became a singing sensation by closing his parents’ TV show Ozzie And Harriet with a song at the end of each episode. He recorded 20 Top 10 hits. Rick came to Vancouver in the autumn of 1957 and played the Forum at Exhibition Park. He was booed on stage because of his laid-back…

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Elvis In Vancouver, 1957

Vancouver was one of only three cities Elvis Presley played outside the United States, and the Empire Stadium show was the last performance he ever gave outside the U.S. Vancouver’s first rock-and-roll show had taken place barely a year before, when Bill Haley and the Comets drew 6,000 people to the Kerrisdale Arena. Now Elvis…

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