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From Clay Lindley:


The Flip of a Coin


A recently completed screenplay, "The Flip of a Coin," is currently under review with various investors and production companies. The script has had numerous good reviews and stands a very good chance of going into production at some point in the near future.

"The Flip of a Coin" is the story entailing the early musical career of Tommy D. Allsup. The screenplay (script) was written by Clay M. Lindley, in association with Tommy and his verbal, as well as written outline of the events pertaining to the story. "The Flip of a Coin" is but a small segment of Mr.Allsup's fifty-year music career. The true events in this story occured between April 1958 and February 1959. The story begins in the mid-forties and ends in the mid-seventies, with events occuring prior to and after the tragic plane crash which took the lives of Buddy Holly, J.P. Richardson, Ritchie Valens and Roger Peterson. Buddy Holly met Tommy Allsup at the Norman Petty studio in Clovis, New Mexico in April 1958. Tommy was playing lead guitar in a recording session when Buddy first heard him play. Buddy was very impressed withhis guitar playing and asked him to record a session with him. "It's So Easy" was recorded with Tommy playing lead. In the summer of 1958, Tommy went on tour with Buddy and the Crickets. Tommy put together a separate band for this tour as well as playing lead guitar with The Crickets. Tommy again toured with Buddy and the Crickets in the fall of 1958. This was a large tour of the east coast. Numerous recording sessions followed the fall tour.Tommy became a very close friend, as well as confidant with Buddy and his music. Around New Years Eve of 1959, Buddy approached Tommy for his lead guitar to play for the ill-fated 1959 Winter Dance Party. Tommy obtained Carl Bunch to play drums on the tour. Buddy obtained Waylon Jennings to play bass. Tommy, Carl and Waylon flew from Amarillo, Texas prior to the start of the tour. Details of the Winter Tour are well known by a large part of the population. This story, however, is Tommy's story and there are many elements in the entire story which are not well known or have never been truthfully portrayed, as well as many unknown events which occured on this tour as well as the previous tours.The events are truely dramatic and fateful. This is a docu-drama based genre story. It is indeed an Americana story which will appeal to people of all ages!

We will keep you updated on the progress of "The Flip
of a Coin!"


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