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Ritchie Valens Big Bopper Dion DiMucci Waylon Jennings Signed "Winter Dance Party" Autograph Collection ITEM SOLD
Four lined 3x5 file cards signed in pencil by artists associated with the fateful "Winter Dance Party" tour.The Big Bopper (adding "Hello Helen"), Ritchie Valens (signed on the unlined side, adding "Love to Helen" and trimmed to about 2 1/2" x 5"), Waylon Jennings, and Dion DiMucci. Click on the inset photo to see the second group of autographs. Buddy Holly, Valens and the Big Bopper perished on the small plane they chartered to fly them to the next show on their tour. Waylon Jennings, playing in Holly's band at the time, gave up his seat on the plane to the Big Bopper, who was running a fever. Dion was on the tour, but not traveling on that flight. Helen, an early collector of rock and roll autographs, often attended filmings of Dick Clark's Saturday Night Beechnut Show, filmed at the Little Theater in New York. Most of these signatures were obtained there. The Big Bopper was acquired September 20 1958, Ritchie Valens acquired December 27 1958, Dion was acquired October 4 1958. The cards have adhesive residue on the reverse from being kept in a scrapbook for decades, which has caused a discoloring to show through on some of them.