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'Buddy Holly' finally visits Graceland

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Todd Meredith, who plays Buddy Holly, took part in an extra special tour led by Graceland's archivist. Todd Meredith, who plays Buddy Holly, took part in an extra special tour led by Graceland's archivist.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Buddy Holly never got the chance to visit Graceland before he died in a plane crash in 1959. Elvis and Buddy were friends, and with Buddy -- The Buddy Holly Story production at The Orpheum Theatre this week in Memphis, the folks at Graceland took a closer look at their relationship through a special tour for the cast.

The crew of The Buddy Holly Story loaded in to a backbeat tour bus and with the lead of a talented tour guide, sang some of Elvis' best songs all the way to Graceland.

Todd Meredith, who plays Buddy Holly, took part in an extra special tour led by Graceland's archivist.

Elvis and Buddy Holly knew each other. Although Elvis was further along in his career, it was discovered that Elvis once loaned him a guitar.

"We don't know why Elvis let Buddy use his guitar, but from looking at the photographs, there is a story there to be told," said Graceland Director of Archives Angie Marchese.

The most fascinating connection between the two is that 58 years ago to the week, Buddy opened for Elvis in Lubbock, Texas, Holly's hometown. On this anniversary, The Buddy Holly Story is on the Orpheum stage.

"Elvis kind of brought rock and roll to Lubbock and Buddy was like, 'This is what I want to do,' so he fought hard to do it," said Todd Meredith, who is playing Buddy Holly in the Broadway production.

"One of the things they told us is that Buddy never got a chance to visit Graceland, so we were so excited to at least give our Buddy that opportunity," said Christina Torres, The Orpheum.

The Buddy Holly Story kicked off at the Orpheum Tuesday night. It will run through Sunday.

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