>The Day the Music Died


I just stumbled onto this fact.
Today is the anniversary of the deaths of Buddy Holly (in photo), The Big Bopper and Richie Valens. Valens was most known for the song “La Bamba” which you can hear played live in at least 3,000 bars every Friday night across America.
It’s one of the 3 songs that Redneck Garage Bands are required to learn.

Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper were both born in Texas. (Important fact for Ace visitors).

Ritchie Valens – Wikipedia:
“In early 1959, Valens was traveling the Midwest on a multi-act rock and roll tour. In the early morning following a February 2 performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, a small four-passenger Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft departed into a blinding snowstorm and crashed into Albert Juhl’s cornfield several miles after takeoff at 1:05. The crash killed Valens, along with co-performers Buddy Holly, J.P. ‘The Big Bopper’ Richardson, and the pilot Roger Peterson. This event inspired singer Don McLean’s popular 1971 ballad ‘American Pie’, and immortalized February 3 as ‘The Day the Music Died’.”


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Posted on February 3, 2006, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. >Hi Geezer…Nice piece on Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. Did you know Waylon Jennings, who was in the band, was supposed to board that plane, but at the last minute switched to the tour bus? It took him a long time to get over that, and several years later recorded a track called Buddy Holly Medley. I will be playing it and a whole lot more interesting songs and interview clips on my Treasure Island Oldies Show this Sunday, Feb. 5th from 6 to 10 Pacific. The last hour will be devoted entirely to The Day The Music Died. Hope you can listen and maybe join the chat room too at http://www.TreasureIslandOldies.comMichael

  2. >Hi, RG.Thanks for the post. Last week I downloaded the Gold Buddy Holly collection. I already had the 5 album set with awesome liner notes.I do not know what would have happened in those wierd ’59 – ’60 years with Elvis in the service, Valens and Holly getting killed, Jerry Lee and his cousin, etc., but it would have been interesting.Lubbock (sp?) will forever have a dear place in my heart because of Buddy H.

  3. >Sorry, new to this sign in thing. That last post was mine:Tom M

  4. >Michael, thanks for reminding me about Waylon Jennings. I’ll try to listen to your show on the 5th.Tom, thanks for the comments. Come back again.

  5. >buddy holly, ritchie valens they lived great lives. but they didn’t know they were going to end short. Ritchie 17, buddy great performer. God Has chosen them early. God Bless ritchie valens buddy holly Jiles perry richardson as the big bopper. R.I.P. I will always remember when that music made me smile. Thank you! for the gifts you gave us.

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