THE music of one of rock and roll's most influential pioneers comes to Clacton this Saturday.

Rave On – A Tribute to Buddy Holly pays homage to the Fifties pop legend, who enjoyed an astonishing string of hits before he was tragically killed, aged just 22.

Buddy had chartered a plane after a show in Iowa to fly to his next gig in Minnesota.

But soon after take-off, the plane crashed in a field, killing Buddy, Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper and pilot Roger Peterson in a tragedy later immortalised in by Don McLean as "The Day the Music Died".

Marc Robinson fell in love with his music at the tender age of eight and first slipped on a pair of trademark Buddy Holly specs when he started performing in a tribute rock 'n' roll band in his early 20s.

The real turning point came when he appeared in the original series of TV's 'Stars In Their Eyes', which sent his professional music career into orbit.

Since then, Marc has taken his tribute show the length and breadth of the UK and overseas, from small clubs to arenas, holiday parks, major festivals and the West End.

Now he is hailed as the number one Buddy tribute artist with his band the Counterfeit Crickets, performing classic hits such as That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Heartbeat, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, Oh Bo! and Raining In My Heart.

Marc brings the iconic horn-rimmed glasses and Fender Stratocaster guitar to Clacton's West Cliff Theatre on Saturday, July 29, at 7.30pm.

All tickets for the show are £19 from the box office on 01255 433344.