Thursday, January 8, 2015

That'll Be The Day

Dick Holler and the Holidays
Don Smith, Wayne Branham, Merlin Jones

That'll Be The Day
(B. Holly)

Vital 64 V-106


After performing in and around Baton Rouge, Louisiana, first with The Rockets and then with The Holidays, Dick Holler left Baton Rouge in August 1962 and performed and recorded until May of 1965 in and around Columbia, South Carolina.  “Our records were selling there, so we went where the action was,” he said.

Dick Holler (far right) and his band, 
broke down again while on tour (1962)
Born on October 16, 1934, in Indianapolis, Indiana, Dick Holler moved with his family to Baton Rouge in 1951.  He graduated from University High School the following year and attended LSU for five years.  It was while attending LSU that he began to play piano and organizing bands with his college friends.  Holler performed for two years on the local award-winning WBRZ-TV teen show Hit or Miss.  Others who performed on the show were future actresses Donna Douglas and Elizabeth Ashley, and movie critic Rex Reed.  Holler also appeared occasionally on deejay Dave Davidson’s Saturday morning radio show Teen Town Rally.  It was during a January 1956 Teen Town Rally show that he met Jimmy Clanton and brothers, Ike and Tommy.  Jimmy was a student at Baton Rouge High at the time and he and his brothers were singing the Cadillacs’ song Speedoo....MORE

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