Johanna Parker wrote:
Thanks, Fred. I have healthy doubts about those scenes from Chronicles, but so far not about him attending the Buddy Holly concert. Whether or not Buddy actually looked
at him, of course, is a purely subjective thing.
Actually out of the three incidents I cited, I have my gravest doubts about the Buddy Holly story.
As I noted in my blog annotation of the TTRH "Weather" show... http://www.dreamtimepodcast.com/2010/01 ... -hour.html
Bob Dylan: The Spaniels, with their lead singer Pookie Hudson, were on that ill-fated tour with Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, Link Wray, and a bunch of others… which means probably I saw them. Winter Dance Party, February, 1959. The day the music supposedly died.
Dreamtime: For reasons known only to the prankster, The Spaniels’ Wikipedia entry is regularly vandalized to include the falsehood that the group was part of the 1959 Winter Dance Party tour. It’s likely that the TTRH research team stumbled across the faked “fact” there.
While it’s entirely possible that Bob Dylan was in attendance at the Winter Dance Party show in the Duluth Armory on January 31st 1959, as he’s claimed on several occasions, he didn’t see either The Spaniels or Link Wray during that show. Neither the group nor Wray were part of the `59 tour either before or after Holly’s death. Dylan is careful to note that he “probably” saw the group, possibly ad-libbing off-script while wondering why he didn’t remember seeing them.
I'm more cynical about Mr. D.'s claims now than I was in those more innocent times.
As I said, he's careful to note that he "probably" saw The Spaniels, even though even the most cursory research on the Winter Dance Party would have shown they weren't part of the tour, nor was Link Wray. So why would Eddie Gorodetsky write something - why would Bob Dylan say something - that they both probably knew was wrong. Personally, I think Dylan either deliberately or accidentally confused the dates, as he has a tendency to do, and actually saw Holly, Link Wray and The Spaniels two years earlier on the 1957 "Irving Feld Biggest Show of Stars" tour, where they indeed all toured together. Of course, that tour name doesn't have the resonance of the `59 "Winter Dance Party" but it makes a better story to conflate the two.
I think Dylan has told the story to friends more than once (heck, he even told the story to Link Wray himself, which must of confused the hell out of ol' Link
), told it to Eddie G., who in turn used it on TTRH, inserting a "probably" since he knew that whether Mr. D. had actually been at the Winter Dance Party, the Spaniels and Link Wray definitely had not.
A lot of text expended on a minor thing, but I'm that sort of guy.