Johnny Vallis as Buddy Holly takes the Tidemark stage April 17 in a tribute to the late rock icon.

Johnny Vallis as Buddy Holly takes the Tidemark stage April 17 in a tribute to the late rock icon.

Buddy Holly’s music lives on

Johnny Vallis' Buddy Holly tribute shows comes to Campbell River

A young Johnny Vallis imitated his teacher one day and was sent to the principal’s office.  “Why are you here,” asked the principal?

Vallis showed him. The principal said, “That’s really good.”

Vallis, the man of many voices, has been imitating people ever since.

Vallis made a name for himself with a particular voice.

Buddy Holly was “the single most influential creative force in early Rock n’ Roll.”

Tragically, on February 3, 1959 he left us, but his music will never fade away.

In his tribute to the rock icon, Vallis perfectly portrays both the look and the sound as he rolls out Buddy’s greatest hits; “That’ll Be The Day”, “Words of Love”, “Not Fade Away”, Oh Boy”, “Peggy Sue”, “Maybe Baby”, “Rave On!”, “Heartbeat” and more.

With the addition of an upright bass, drums and a second guitar Vallis creates the authentic experience, just like Holly and the boys, playing the vintage instruments with all the spirit of Rock and Roll.

Vicki Pettigrew, executive sssistant of The Commissionaires says, “Johnny has displayed over and over again a high level of entertainment value . . . proven, capable entertainer and a true gentleman,” Pettigrew says.

“I highly recommend Johnny Vallis to any group. He is everything you would imagine, you will not be disappointed.”

Anne Van Kirk, executive assistant to the president of the Butler Brothers Supplies Ltd adds, “Some of our guests had seen Johnny perform before and were looking forward to the show,” Van Kirk says.

“Those who hadn’t were surprised by his versatility and professionalism. Many guests came to us afterwards to say how much they had enjoyed the performance. I will invite Johnny Vallis to entertain at other functions given by our company.”

Vallis brings his Buddy Holly tribute show to the Tidemark Theatre on Thursday, April 17.

Tickets are $34.50 (plus taxes and fees) and are available at the Tidemark Theatre box office by calling 250-287-7465 or online at

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and the doors open at 7 p.m.

For more information on Vallis visit,

Campbell River Mirror