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Rave on for Buddy’s birthday in Barking

PUBLISHED: 11:56 23 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:56 23 February 2016

Marc Robinson putting on a show devoted to Buddy Holly

Marc Robinson putting on a show devoted to Buddy Holly

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Iconic ’50s rock ‘n’ roll star Buddy Holly will be fondly remembered at the Broadway theatre.

Tribute act Marc Robinson will be belting out all of the singer-songwriter’s classics on Saturday next week to celebrate what would have been his 80th birthday.

Marc – who is used to performing as the star across the country and beyond – will be accompanied by his band, the Counterfeit Crickets, for the date which is part of his commemorative nationwide tour.

“I’m a big fan, so it’s a labour of love really,” Marc admitted. “I love all of his songs – except one of them.”

He has been performing as Buddy for the past 20 years, celebrating his career since the star’s tragic death in a plane crash after finishing a show in 1959.

“It all started when I was in a local band, someone told me I sound like Buddy Holly and then it all just really snowballed from there,” Marc said.

The two hour set will be filled with all of Buddy’s classics, including Heartbeat, Blue Days Black Nights, Bo Diddley, True Love Ways and La Bamba.

“The show we do is a re-make of Buddy’s last tour, the winter dance party,” Marc explained.

After being told that he sounded like Buddy, Marc ended up performing as him in Buddy The Musical – but insists that this is just one of the many special moments he has enjoyed.

“We played the London Palladium which was special because Buddy himself has played there, “ Marc recalled. “Other than that I have really enjoyed just playing all the big theatres.”

Buddy Holly’s Winter Dance Party will start at 7.30pm on Saturday, March 5. Tickets cost from £17. Call 020 8507 5607 to book.


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