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’.”