On this day, September 7, 2011, Buddy Holly received his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star.
I was there for the event and hung out with Buddy’s wife María Elena and Phil Everly all day!
My Mother, Barbara Orbison, always laughed when she saw this pic, She said “It looks like you are giving him the star.” I replied “I did.”
It’s another one of my behind the scenes contributions and it’s a long story, but briefly, the year before I was with the board of the Walk of Fame and the Mayor of Hollywood at our Roy Orbison Star event and I begged and persuaded them that it was time for Buddy as well. There is quite a bit of work and “politics” that goes into these star events and we got Buddy and Roy’s stars on either side of the Beatles in front of the Capitol Records Building.
Of course Buddy himself is responsible for his star, but I like to think I had a small part in this.
My Mother was too ill to go so it was a sad day for me as well as a happy one.
This was also the last time I saw my friend the great Phil Everly who I loved. Lots of stories too long to tell here