Mulligan Stew Feb 3rd 2024-Tribute to Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens Saturday

I see Rockin’ Roy is also remembering Buddy Holly.

Who better to tell that story?

Buddy, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (JP Richardson) all died in a plane crash Feb 3 1959. They had played the night before in Clear Lake Iowa.

For those who know the name but not the story behind Buddy and Ritchie both these CKUA shows will be a primer.

If you are a fan..all those memories will come flooding back.

Buddy especially wrote about love and romance. He wasn’t as scary as Little Richard and Jerry Lee and had none of the sexy swagger of Elvis but he HAD the songs. The early hits he recorded at the Norman Petty Studios in Clovis New Mexico.

(Barry Allen and Wes Dakus and the Rebels recorded their early hits at Norman Petty’s studio in Clovis New Mexico and came back with tales of amazing Buddy and  producer Norman)

In the late 50’s and early 60’s Buddy’s songs were heard all over the World..

Which is why on their first records,  The Beatles and The Stones included Buddy Holly covers.

Buddy was 22

Bopper 28.

Ritchie was only 17

Ritchie Valens was the first star to make Chicano rock music. He had only been releasing hits for less than a year but would be huge. Driving the hit bus was La Bamba.  Another was the Leiber-Stoller song Framed with Carol Kaye on bass and Earl Palmer on drums.

The Stew is going to play tracks from Ritchie and Buddy plus bands influenced by these artists.


Buddy’s bassist gave up his seat on the plane to a sick Big Bopper. His name is Waylon Jennings.

And the night  Buddy sang in Clear Lake,  standing right in front of him watching his every move and listening to every note was a very young Bob Dylan. Dylan still talks about that night and that singer.

Also on Saturdays “Stew” The first-hour donor had a short but fine wish list. Taj Mahal, Susan Tedeschi and Los Lobos.

They are fully covered. Including Taj and Los Lobos together plus  Susan and Tedeschi Trucks jamming with Taj in a dressing room – Taj was teaching TTB his version of Leaving Trunk. It’s simply electric.

New Music from

  • Mark Knopfler
  • The Strumbellas
  • Pretenders
  • Celeigh Cardinal
  • Adrian Sutherland
  • Bahamas
  • The Black Keys
  • Robbie Robertson

Come on – turn it UP

INTERVIEW Next week – Alan Doyle



The February Stews Terry David Mulligan CKUA – Donor Supported almost 100 years
West LA Fadeaway Los Lobos Tin Can Trust
Angel from Montgomery Susan Tedeschi Just won’t burn
Queen Bee Taj Mahal Swinging Sextet Live at The Church in Tulsa
I’m so proud Boz Scaggs A fool to care
It’s all right Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions Get Ready
Mulligan Stew – TDM coming up new Mark Knopfler playlist – mulliganstewdotca
Ahead of the game Mark Knopfler One Deep River
Rehab – Live on Jools Holland Amy Winehouse AMY Soundtrack
My home is you The Strumbellas Holster
This is The February Stew Year 28 TDMulligan NEXT – Mavis – also a wild ‘leaving trunk’
What you gonna do? N. Mississippi All-stars & Mavis Staples Up and Rolling
Deane House – River Cafe Mulligan Stew – CKUA Radio playlist mulliganstewdotca
Leaving Trunk (rehearsal) Taj Mahal leading Tedeschi Trucks Band & Jerry Douglas Captured at Beacon Theatre NYC 2014
I think about you daily The Pretenders Relentless
Coming UP on Mulligan Stew A salute to Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens Died Feb 3 1959
Rave on Buddy Holly The Definitive Collection
la Bamba Ritchie Valens Best of
That’ll be the day Linda Ronstadt Best of
Not fade away The Rolling Stones England’s Newest Hitmakers
Words of Love The Beatles Beatles for Sale
It’s so easy Paul McCartney Rave On Buddy Holly
True Love Ways Buddy Holly The Definitive Collection
Mulligan Stew Next – new music from Caleigh, Adrian and Bahamas playlist mulliganstewdotca
Light of the Moon Celeigh Cardinal Stories from a downtown apartment
My rebel spirit Adrian Sutherland Precious Diamonds
Nothing blows my mind Bahamas Bootcut
coyotes Banff – for 25 years supporting ckua and becoming thee dining destination Next on CKUA Taj and Los Lobos
Never let you go Taj Mahal and Los Lobos Maestro
Beautiful people (stay high) The Black Keys single
After the Goldrush kdlang Hymns of the 49th parallel
still standing Robbie Robertson Killers of the Moon Flower (soundtrack)
Thank you for listening and donating Next Week – Alan Doyle guests and brings new album
Lucky Rodney Crowell The Chicago Sessions
The Returner Allison Russell The Returner