Cedar Rapids, Iowa (1950/60’s)
“Danceland” Photos and Memorabilia collected by Kathy Wall

“In 1959, the Winter Dance Party tour with Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson was scheduled to perform at Danceland on Feb. 6. Frankie Avalon and Jimmy Clanton were added to the lineup with the Crickets, Dion and the Belmonts and Frankie Sardo after Holly, Richardson and Valens were killed Feb. 2 in a plane crash on the way from Mason City to Moorhead, Minn.Bobby Vee sang “Devil or Angel” in two performances in October 1960. Conway Twitty and The Velaires took the stage on separate days of the same weekend in November 1961. Bobby Sherman and Brenda Lee found their way to the ballroom in 1965.Danceland’s farewell party was March 17, 1968. The Pete Klint Quintet played from 2 to 5 p.m., and then the ballroom closed its doors. The city took over the building as part of its urban renewal project. Today its footprint sits under the U.S. Cellular Center.”By Diane Langton The Gazzette  Full article

“Other 1960s hit-makers that graced the Danceland stage include (take a deep breath) The Beach Boys, The Yardbirds, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, The Animals, The Turtles, Beau Brummels, The Ronettes, The Hollies, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, The Music Machine, Lonnie Mack, The Strangeloves, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, The Castaways, The New Colony Six, The Crystals, ? & the Mysterians, Jan & Dean, The Gentrys, The Marketts, Linda Scott, Sam The Sham & the Pharaohs, The Left Banke, Jay & The Americans, Lou Christie, The McCoys, The Kingsmen, Guess Who, The Trashmen, Cannibal & The Headhunters, Bobby Goldsboro, The Fabulous Flippers, Dee Jay & the Runaways and The Velaires to name a few! The ballroom also provided a musical-proving-ground that allowed many of the top bands in the area to hone their skills”

by Iowa Rock n Roll Hall of Fame

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George Burrows' fascination with live music began in the 60's. He saw Cream on October 14, 1968, at Vets Auditorium in Des Moines, One year later Burrows attended The Denver Pop Festival in Mile High Stadium. He witnessed The Jimi Hendrix Experience's final gig on June 29, 1969. His list of artists included many who have shaped music for decades. Around 1993 Burrows become friends/colleagues with people in the music industry. He had developed an impressive networking resume which he used it to his advantage and began a concert photography website. He worked for free through multiple live music websites designed to promote live music and the often struggling artists and venues. His shoot for no pay was an obstacle with other photographers. Burrows’ sole purpose for LGS was for the art, not monetary means. He lived in the music environment and soon developed name recognition. After the loss of his brother, a professional drummer, in 2014, he became serious about becoming a drummer. Burrows began drum lessons. The LGS website, contributors and his studies did not match. In 2016 he was about to pull the plug on LGS and embrace drumming. After a chance consultation with one of the most highly regarded session drummers and programmers today he got his answer. Start a website featuring only drummers. With help, he launched https://www.drummersphotgrapher.com. Burrows added his passion for drumming with his expertise of live music photography by launching Drummer Photographer LGS.


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