Friday, February 03, 2017

1959: The day that "the music died"

It is rock's greatest one day tragedy:

"On this day in 1959, rising American rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson are killed when their chartered Beechcraft Bonanza plane crashes in Iowa a few minutes after takeoff from Mason City on a flight headed for Moorehead, Minnesota

Investigators blamed the crash on bad weather and pilot error. Holly and his band, the Crickets, had just scored a No. 1 hit with "That'll Be the Day."


After mechanical difficulties with the tour bus, Holly had chartered a plane for his band to fly between stops on the Winter Dance Party Tour. 
However, Richardson, who had the flu, convinced Holly's band member Waylon Jennings to give up his seat, and Ritchie Valens won a coin toss for another seat on the plane."
Holly and Valens were very young 22 and 17 respectively.  The Big Bopper was 28.
In 1972, Don McClean wrote a song about it, or "American Pie".   Later, "The Buddy Holly Story" and "La Bamba" brought the story to a whole new generation of fans.
Very sad day!


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