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The Day the Gazungas Died: True Story of Boylan, Buddy Holly, Don McLean, and Rick Russo

The Day the Gazungas Died: True Story of Boylan, Buddy Holly, Don McLean, and Rick Russo
February 3, 2009 Jennifer Boylan

A true story about a party at Don McLean’s house this fall. I was there with a bunch of other Maine writers; Don and his wife were hosting a benefit for the Maine Writers & Publishers’ Alliance. I made smalltalk with our host and he was generous and pleasant in every way. At the end of the evening, I went inside (it was a garden party) to use the bathroom, and en route snooped around the incredibly beautiful house. (The McLeans live on top of a mountain near Camden, Maine, one of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous places I have ever been.) Anyhow, there in the living room, among other cool objects d’art, was a bust of the songwriter himself.

Later, Deedie and I went out to dinner with our friend Rick Russo. I told him about what I’d seen in the parlor, and started giving Rick a hard time about how he ought to have a statue of himself in his house. “Maybe not today, Russo,” I said, “But one of these days, you’re going to turn to yourself and say, ‘Man, I just GOTTA get a BUST!”

Without missing a beat, Russo just smiled and said, “Well, Boylan. You did.”

Anyhow: R.I.P, Buddy Holly, whose plane crashed 50 years ago today.

That’ll be the day.

3 Comments

  1. FirstPersonArts 10 years ago

    Hah!

  2. justme 10 years ago

    Rave on!

  3. The Hangar Queen 10 years ago

    Jaysus Boylan! He must have thought it was his birthday with a set up like that.

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