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JENNINGS WAS TOO SOLEMN TO DO MUCH WAILIN’ AT SURF

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Waylon Jennings returned to the house that Buddy built after 36 years.

On a wall of the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, is a photo from the last time he played there - Feb. 3, 1959 - with Buddy Holly.Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "the Big Bopper" Richardson were killed that night in a plane crash nearby. Jennings was supposed to be on the plane, but he gave his seat to Richardson and rode the bus.

"I've kind of dodged thinking about that all my life," Jennings said at a news conference before Friday's show. "I don't know how to explain it. You are never ready for someone dying and you feel guilty."

The country star had never returned to Clear Lake. The Surf's manager, Jeff Nicholas, invited Jennings and was surprised when he accepted.