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By GINA VIVINETTO
© St. Petersburg Times, published February 8, 2001
This week's winner: Mike Culp of Holiday gets the Weekend T-shirt. Culp knew that future star Waylon Jennings gave up his seat on the ill-fated small airplane that crashed in 1959, taking the lives of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens after the three performed together in Iowa. Jennings, a pal of Holly's from Texas, was temporarily playing bass in Holly's band, the Crickets. Addendum: Last week we at Team Pop headquarters said Jennings gave his seat to Valens, but after investigating further we learned that Tommy Allsup lost his seat to Valens in a coin toss. Jennings' spot went to the Big Bopper. Four were aboard the plane, including the pilot. Everyone was killed.
This week's question: Friday marks the anniversary of the Beatles' American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. On that same episode, another future pop star sang a song from Oliver. To get your name in the random drawing for the Weekend T-shirt, name the singer. (Hint: His band performs in the Tampa Bay area next month.)
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