Danceland Photos I Scrapbook I Cedar Rapids, IA 1926-68


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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