Larry Johnson set out on career six decades ago
Larry Johnson was an aspiring musician, young like Buddy Holly.
He obviously had talent — repeatedly playing a plush club called The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, while he was still a teenager in the late 1950s. And he would drive 60 miles to Austin, Minnesota, just to sing and play at the Turf Bar nightclub for one evening.
Buddy Holly had played at the Surf on Feb. 2, 1959.
Johnson, whose home was in nearby Mason City, was an hour’s drive away in Austin that night, missing his only chance to meet Holly.