DAVE With DION at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Wednesday July 7

DAVE With DION at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Wednesday July 7

I’ll be appearing Wednesday evening at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, talking with education director Lauren Onkey and one of the Hall’s most under-rated (no matter how highly you rate him) inductees, Dion. He’s made a video where he talks in great detail about the Winter Dance Party tour in the winter of 1959. You may think you know what led to Ritchie Valens joining Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper on that ill-fated airplane, but you don’t. There’s also a wealth of detail about life on the rock’n’roll road in the late ’50s and about Dion’s relationships with Buddy and Ritchie.

We’ll start at 6:30. It’s sold out but the Hall is streaming it from the Foster Theater live starting at 6:30. It’s the first live streaming event the Hall website has presented. It’s the film first and the interview second. The stream will be here.

Here’s what I once said about  Dion (always true): “If you really know Dion, you know this: Rock’n’roll didn’t grow up into the music that conquered the world just because it was easy and fun and got you the girls. There was something deeper there, and like Dion’s country soul, it was there right from the start.”

Lauren Onkey has her own kind of soul going on, and she has had since she worked with me promoting Glory Days in 1987. After many years as a college prof, she wrote a book, Blackness and Transatlantic Irish Identity, which was published by Routledge in January, so I guess you could call it Celtic soul (as Van Morrison would). Anyway, that was about the time that she left Ball State U. and became the Rock Hall’s Vice President of Education and Public Programs. She’s great at that, too.

But none of this would have happened without HOF Museum President Terry Stewart, who helped Dion realize a dream and got me involved, for which I’m permanently thankful.

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