PJ Clarke’s & Songmasters Host Tribute to Buddy Holly Legacy of Great Music and Great Romance Through “True Love Ways” Made Famous by Peter and Gordon

On April 29  PJ Clarke’s will hold a private tribute to one of the great true love stories in music history, the whirlwind courtship and marriage of Buddy and Maria Elena Holly – which started at PJ Clarke’s on their first date.

PJ Clarke’s is the very spot where Buddy Holly proposed to Maria Elena, whom he had just met that morning, on June 20, 1958. They were married up until his untimely death on February 3, 1959. During Buddy Holly’s short life as a singer, songwriter and musician, he became a musical sensation whose prolific and popular musical legacy is now legendary. Holly was recently rated #13 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the Top 100 rock performers of all time.
Holly wrote the song “True Love Ways” for Maria Elena in celebration of their wedding.  It was later made popular around the world by the English “Mod Duo”, Peter and Gordon. Peter Asher will give a live performance of “True Love Ways” at PJ Clarke’s, onstage, accompanied by original footage of Gordon, now deceased, in an early performance of this song on video.
The Buddy Holly Guitar Foundation, famous for loaning its few existing and highly coveted “Holly Guitars” to outstanding rock musicians, will award Peter Asher a two-year loaner of the “True Love Ways” guitar. Asher will perform using this guitar. Asher has been a lifelong fan of Holly’s work, and has done much throughout his own career to promote and use Holly’s music – through Peter and Gordon’s True Love Ways, with his production of Linda Ronstadt’s classic re-work of Holly’s “It’s So Easy” and now with the upcoming release of his production of Songmasters’ Listen To Me/Buddy Holly album.

The Buddy Holly Guitar Foundation is building eighteen perfect recreations of the 1943 guitar on which Buddy wrote many of his best-known songs. The Foundation lends these instruments, each of which bears one original fret from Buddy’s famous Gibson J-45 guitar, to artists like Peter Asher whom the Foundation’s Board of Directors deem exemplary of Buddy’s artistic vision and who have committed to raising funds for non-profit organizations that support music programs for children.

Songmasters, launching its Listen To Me series celebrating the True. Great. Original. artists of contemporary music this summer, is co-hosting this event. This series features today’s great performers honoring their musical roots to raise substantial support for the next generation of outstanding music makers and entrepreneurs. Benefiting music industry charities include the Grammy Foundation, Artists House, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which will award it second Holly Prize, endowed by Songmasters, in June.

Peter Asher, a multiple Grammy winning producer, is currently music producer for Songmasters’ Listen to Me series, Peter’s first album in the series, Listen to Me/Buddy Holly, includes tracks by Stevie Nicks, The Fray, Jeff Lynne, Natalie Merchant, Patrick Stump, Jackson Browne, Chris Isaak, Cobra Starship, Pat Monahan of Train, Ringo Starr, Imelda May, Brian Wilson and more. The album is scheduled for release around Labor Day.

PJ Clarke’s will also commemorate the famous booth where Holly proposed to Maria Elena, by mounting the  “True Love Ways” photograph, a previously unpublished photo of their wedding kiss.

Peter Asher is also performing at Feinstein’s in New York City, May 3rd through 7th.

(PJ Clarke’s event is for press and invited guests only)