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Iowa's Surf Ballroom designated Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame landmark

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CLEAR LAKE (KWWL) --  An Iowa musical landmark will now get its own recognition from the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.

The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake announced Wednesday it will be officially designated as a rock and roll landmark by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to kick off a week of events for the 50 Winters Later tribute.

The Surf Ballroom is where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and "The Big Bopper" played their final concert on February 2, 1959.  Later that night after boarding a plane bound for North Dakota, three of rock and roll's brightest stars fell to the earth, a day immortalized in Don McLean's 1971 hit song "American Pie" as "the day the music died."

There will be a ceremony at the Surf at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday January 28th.  The Rock Hall and the Surf Ballroom & Museum's week of events schedule is listed here: http://www.50winterslater.com.

The Rock Hall's Landmark Series designates historic rock and roll landmarks around the United States. There are currently eight selected sites that have been integral in telling the story of rock and roll's formative moments.

Sites across the country include the Whisky-a-Go-Go in Los Angeles where the Doors were resident performers; King Records in Cincinnati, a prominent American record label started in the 40s and The Crossroads in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Five sites are located in the Cleveland area and include Brooklyn High School, the location Elvis played his first concert north of the Mason-Dixon line and WJW Radio, home to Deejay Alan Freed who popularized the term "rock and roll."

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its national educational programs, like 50 Winters Later.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  On Wednesdays the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (60+), $13 for children (9-12) and children under 8 and Museum members are free. When you become a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the world of rock and roll becomes yours to explore. Call 216.515.1939 for information on becoming a member. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK.

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