Buddy Holly

The British Tour

On March 1, 1958, Buddy Holly and The Crickets began a 25-day tour of England.

Many rock historians point to this tour as a major turning point in popular music. The British loved American rock ‘n roll, and the personal appearance of one of their favorite groups gave young English rockers a first hand look at how the music was actually made.

Paul McCartney would later recall watching Buddy Holly perform on Sunday Night at The London Palladium television program just to see which chords Holly used and where he placed his guitar capo.

Drummer Bob Henrit, who played with Adam Faith, would also add: “Jerry Allison was a schooled drummer and we weren’t. Every drummer played Peggy Sue hand to hand, but he played as a paradiddle. We didn’t even know what a paradiddle was! And the way he played Oh Boy was subtle. He was putting something into rock we weren’t seeing. We were emulating him without realizing what he was doing.”

Even Holly’s physical appearance –– black horn-rimmed glasses and 3-button Ivy League jackets –– would influence early English rock fashions.

When the “British Invasion” began in the early ‘60s, it was led by musicians such as Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Keith Richards and others who were forever moved by Buddy Holly and The Crickets’ visit to England a few years earlier.

It is entirely fitting that the Rolling Stones’ first big hit was Buddy Holly & The Crickets’ Not Fade Away.

Buddy Holly - UK Tour 1958

Tour Dates
1 – Trocadero – Elephant & Castle, London (2 shows)
2 – Gaumont State – Kilburn, London (2 shows)
3 – Gaumont Theatre – South Hampton, Hampshire (2 shows)
4 – City Hall – Sheffield, Yorkshire (2 shows)
5 – Globe Theatre – Stockton-On-Tees, Durham (2 shows)
6 – City Hall – Newcastle-On-Tyne, Northumberland (2 shows)
7 – Gaumont Theatre – Wolverhampton, Staffordshire (2 shows)
8 – Odeon Theatre – Nottingham, Nottinghampshire (3 shows)
9 – Gaumont Theatre – Bradford, Yorkshire (2 shows)
10 – Town Hall – Birmingham, Warwickshire (2 shows)
11 – Gaumont Theatre – Worcester, Worchestershire (2 shows)
12 – Davis Theatre – Croydon, London (2 shows)
13 – Grenada Theatre – East Ham, London(2 shows)
14 – Grenada Theatre – Woolwich, London (2 shows)
15 – Gaumont Theatre – Ipswich, Suffolk (3 shows)
16 – De Montfort Hall – Leicester, Leicestershire (2 shows)
17 – Gaumont Theatre – Doncaster, Yorkshire (2 shows)
18 – Ritz Theatre – Wigan, Lancashire (2 shows)
19 – Regal Cinema – Hull, Yorkshire (2 shows)
20 – Philharmonic Hall – Liverpool, Lancashire (2 shows)
21 – Granada Theatre – Walthamstow, London (2 shows)
22 – Gaumont Theatre – Salisbury, Wiltshire (2 shows)
23 – Colston Hall – Bristol, Gloucestershire (2 shows)
24 – Capitol Cinema – Cardiff, Glamorgan (2 shows)
25 – Gaumont Theatre – Hammersmith, London (2 shows)