Woman has last ever pictures of Buddy Holly

12/05/2016
16–year–old Mary Gerber went to see Buddy Holly, performing at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. February 2, 1959.

Mary Gerber says, "My brother came home and told me Buddy Holly is performing at the Surf. I thought there was a slim chance of going, it was a school night, but my mom said yes."

A special occasion that called for bringing her beloved Kodak camera.

Trying to freeze in her memory the images of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.

But little did Mary know, she had broken the rules of the venue and there was a sign saying "no photographs."

And as Mary was returning to her home in Walters, Buddy Holly's plane took off and crashed not too far from the ballroom....killing all four people on board.

Gerber says, "When you're 16 you don't think about those things. Sure never expected they'd be killed that night. I knew I had those pictures, but I never expected them to be a big deal."

Making those pictures...the very last from the day the music died.

Mary's pictures are now on display in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in the Buddy Holly Museum in Lubbock, Texas.