Buddy Holly & Waylon Jennings in a Photo Booth (New York, 1959)

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Two Texans, Buddy Holly and Waylon Jennings, met in a restaurant in Lubbock when they were teenagers. Holly took the younger Jennings under his wing: He played guitar on Jenning’s first recording session in 1958. That same year, they collaborated on the song, “You’re the One.”  And, in late January 1959, Holly began a three-week tour across the Midwest — dubbed the “Winter Dance Party” — and had Jennings play bass in his band. Before they left, the two posed for a picture in a photo booth at Grand Central Station in New York City.

The “Winter Dance Party” would end in tragedy when Holly climbed aboard a charter plane that crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa on February 3, 1959. Jennings got bumped from the flight, getting a chance to live beyond the Day the Music Died.

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