The Buddy Holly tribute show will play at Kingaroy Town Hall on March 30.
The Buddy Holly tribute show will play at Kingaroy Town Hall on March 30. Contributed

Rock and Roll icon 'raves on' in Kingaroy

BUDDY Holly fans wont need to 'fade away' because he will be 'raving on' in Kingaroy 'Peggy Sue'n.

Buddy Holly tribute act Chris Knight has travelled the globe performing the hits of one of rock and roll's greatest showmen for close to 20 years.

"I've been playing him nearly as long as he played himself,” he joked.

The former magician and clown fell into the impersonation role by accident.

"I put the glasses on and did the voice and three weeks later I had the job.”

Coming from an opera singing household, Mr Knight wasn't originally a fan of the 50s rocker.

"I must admit, once I started hearing him my pulse started racing,” he said.

Buddy Holly tragically died well before his prime after a tragic plane crash that killed three huge music stars of the time, Ritchie Valens, Jiles Perry Richardson Jr (The Big Boppa) and Buddy Holly.

Don McLean's well-known song, American Pie, highlights the significance of the crash calling it, "the day the music died”.

Mr Knight was honoured to perform the songs of such a musical icon but said the fans always kept him honest.

"I get a lot of fans who really know their stuff,” he said.

"They'll say, 'I saw Buddy in 1957 and he didn't do the songs in that order'.”

Like most tribute artists, the Buddy Holly impersonator didn't take himself too seriously.

"I like to keep the music very true, but for someone like Buddy there isn't much archival footage to look at,” he said.

"He only performed for 18 months.”

"When you think about it like that, it's amazing the impact he made in such a short space of time.”

The Buddy Holly impersonator, who has done over 700 shows, said the upcoming Kingaroy show would be action-packed and full of energy.

"It'll be a rip-roaring rock and roll show,” he said.

"It starts hard and finishes even harder.”

Elvis tribute artist and Kingaroy resident, Jeff Hancox will also perform on the night.

"I will be performing some Elvis and Johnny Cash songs and other country classics.”

The Buddy Holly show will be held at Kingaroy Town Hall on Saturday, March 30.

Seats are limited and tickets are available by phoning 4162 5151

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