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GRUNTERSDAD 02-03-2009 03:05 PM

50 Years Ago Today
 
The wreckage of a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza was scattered across a small area of snow-covered cornfield outside of Clear Lake, Iowa. The plane crashed into the ground suddenly, so most of the smoldering rubble was concentrated in one area. Three passengers — Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, a.k.a. “The Big Bopper” — were ejected from the plane and died on impact, as did the pilot, 21-year-old Roger Peterson.

That happened on Feb. 3, 1959, exactly 50 years ago this Tuesday.

It was the most infamous plane crash in rock and roll history, aided somewhat in that distinction by Don McLean’s wistful ballad, “American Pie,” in which he referred to the event as “the day the music died.”

bojangleman 02-03-2009 03:16 PM

Re: 50 Years Ago Today
 
thanks John, makes my day even worse...lol


but yes..very sad...

Alex

trkdrmr 02-03-2009 03:43 PM

Re: 50 Years Ago Today
 
Don called Buddy a genius. That was pretty obvious.

I recommend people watch Gary Busey's oscar nominated performance in "The Buddy Holly story." It shows not only genius, but the prudish, bible-belt (and racist) barriers he had to overcome in the 50's to get his music heard. He was a genius, a pioneer and we could only speculate what could have been had he survived.

Ainulindale 02-04-2009 06:39 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by GRUNTERSDAD (Post 536276)
That happened on Feb. 3, 1959, exactly 50 years ago this Tuesday.

It was the most infamous plane crash in rock and roll history, aided somewhat in that distinction by Don McLean’s wistful ballad, “American Pie,” in which he referred to the event as “the day the music died.”

a sad day to be sure, nobodys feet could resist The Big Bopper, i'm a little young for "American Pie" ( i was probably a toddler ), i did'nt realize the song was about their deaths, gonna have to have a listen now...

Mediocrefunkybeat 02-05-2009 03:56 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by trkdrmr (Post 536283)
Don called Buddy a genius. That was pretty obvious.

I recommend people watch Gary Busey's oscar nominated performance in "The Buddy Holly story." It shows not only genius, but the prudish, bible-belt (and racist) barriers he had to overcome in the 50's to get his music heard. He was a genius, a pioneer and we could only speculate what could have been had he survived.

Funny. I'm watching it right now. So far, so great.

lewisn27 03-17-2009 11:53 PM

Re: 50 Years Ago Today
 
Unlucky.
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