We’ll be taking home wonderful memories of a unique cruise that started out rocking with Hurricane Sandy and a change of embarkation port, but ended up rolling with the flow. After all, how many people our age can spend Prom Night being entertained by Frankie Avalon? Each night we’ve seen some of the best artists of the 50s and 60s and, even though Bobby Rydell couldn’t sail with us due to medical issues, he met the ship in San Juan and came aboard to explain why—only four months ago he underwent a liver and kidney transplant. He sang “Mack The Knife” and bid us farewell until next year when he’ll be on board The Malt Shop Memories Cruise 2013 (Nov 3-10) with Neil Sedaka, The Four Tops, Petula Clark, the Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley, Little Anthony and The Imperials, Lesley Gore, Gary U.S. Bonds, and more.
While our time aboard has been enjoyable, it was also informative. Dion hosted a presentation of “The Winter Dance Party,” a documentary film made for the Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame Archives, and shared his remembrances of “The Day The Music Died” when Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Richie Valens were killed. After that horrible plane crash in February 1959, stories have varied over the years about what really happened that fateful night. Dion revealed that he was to have been on the plane, but gave up his seat to Richie Valens. In Dion’s words, it was the “The Day The Music Exploded” and, thankfully, the music lives on
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