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the surf ballroom

from buddy holly, ritchie valens, the big bopper posted in music by crabapple

On February 2, 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper played their last performance here as part of the "Winter Dance Party Tour".

That night, they went to nearby Mason City to catch a plane to the Fargo airport to play a show in Moorhead. A 21-year-old pilot had agreed to fly them to Fargo for $36 a piece. Their plane crashed less than six miles from the airport.

This later became known as "The Day the Music Died," which is also a popular song by Don McLean, who drove his Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry.

On September 6, 2011, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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gibsons bar & steakhouse

from the league posted in television by crabapple

This is where Ruxin, Pete, Andre, Kevin, Jenny, and Taco meet to destroy each others self-confidence and talk football. Although there are three locations of Gibson's, they use the downtown one for exterior shots (you can see the cross street is Bellevue).

Admittedly, the cast said in an Onion AV Club interview that this is all stock footage to make it feel like Chicago.

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the beatles story

from the beatles posted in music by elvis_crabs

Opened in May of 1990 and located within Liverpool’s historic Albert Dock and the Pier Head, the Beatles Story is a themed tourist attraction celebrating the Beatles.

There are number of unique Beatles-related items here: John Lennon's iconic round spectacles, George Harrison's first ever guitar,a replica of Cavern Club, and more.

The Britannia Vaults, Albert Dock is a World Heritage site.

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penny lane

from the beatles posted in music by elvis_crabs

"Penny Lane" is one side of a single that was released in February 1967. The other side was "Strawberry Fields Forever." It was later released on the Magical Mystery Tour LP.

The song references several local landmarks: the shelter in the roundabout, the fire station (down the road), the barbershop.

Written by McCartney and credited Lennon-McCartney, the two would meet at the bus stop at Penny Lane to catch a ride downtown. There is a sign at the bus stop that is something of a Beatles fan landmark.

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lennon’s childhood home

from the beatles, john lennon posted in music by elvis_crabs

John Lennon spent the first 5 years of his life here from 1940-1945. The home is a short distance from Penny Lane in Liverpool.

This was the family home of his mother, Julia Stanley. Lennon moved in with his aunt and uncle to 251 Menlove Ave (or Mendips).

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