The concert is at the Milton Theatre on Friday, Feb. 2
The Beatles are one of the greatest rock bands, if not the best of all time.
But sometimes folks need to be reminded of The Crickets, the legendary Texas rockers formed in 1957 that paved the way for the Beatles and inspired their insect name.
The Crickets were led by acclaimed frontman Buddy Holly, who died at age 22 in a plane crash.
The Rehoboth Beach band Oh Boy! A Tribute to Buddy Holly has been paying homage to The Crickets for nine years.
Fronted by Walt Hetfield, the tribute band’s next concert is at the Milton Theatre on Feb. 2.
Walt, what makes your band unique?
We’re a little more authentic. We try to sound the way Buddy Holly sounded. I’ve seen a couple of different tributes and some of them do Broadway-show type of stuff, which is okay. There have been a couple of big Broadway type of productions about him. I’ve only seen a couple of the real tribute bands. And up until a few years ago, The Crickets were still out there working. But we stick with the authentic sound, that West Texas rockabilly sound. I narrate his life and I don’t think any of the other tributes do that.
Do you perform any of Buddy Holly’s B-side songs?
We do “That’ll Be The Day,” then we’ll do the flipside which is “I’m Looking for Someone to Love.” We do “Oh Boy!” – the song the band was named after – and the flipside is “Not Fade Away.” There’s also “Peggy Sue” and the flipside was “Everyday.” We do a lot of those quite a bit.
How were you introduced to Buddy’s music?
There’s two stories on that. One: I have a cousin who babysat me when I was literally an infant. They supposedly played his music; and I found that out after the fact. But I don’t really remember it. Two: the first time I can remember myself was in 1973 when the movie “American Graffiti” came out, there were a couple Buddy Holly songs in that. That was the first LP I bought with my own money, my paper-route money, and I couldn’t get enough of him. It just resonated with me. It was catchy, simple and kind of unique.
How do you think his legacy would’ve been different had he not died so soon?
He was unique at the time because he was one of the only people writing his own songs. He and Elvis Presley sort of defined what the lineup of a modern rock band is. I think he would’ve got more into producing other artists; and he would’ve gotten more into the songwriting end of things. But it’s really hard to say.