Today, February 3rd, is National The Day The Music Died Day. “The day the music died” is a line in the 1972 Don McLean hit American Pie and was actually written about Buddy Holly. Today marks the anniversary of the untimely death of singers 22-year-old Buddy Holly, 17-year-old Richie Valens, and 28-year-old J. P. Richardson, aka: The Big Bopper. These three artists died in an airplane accident on February 3, 1959, near Clear Lake, Iowa
Following are lyrics from the song about that day.
But February made me shiver,
With every paper I’d deliver,
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn’t take one more step.
I can’t remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside,
The day the music died.
Richie Valens, a Latino rocker of the 50’s had several big hits — including La Bamba.
Buddy Holly is touted with being the single most influential creative force in early rock & roll. His first hit That’ll Be The Day was with the Crickets.
J.P. Richardson, known as The Big Bopper was an early rock and roll star. He is best known for his 1958 recording of Chantilly Lace.
While we lost three great ones on February 3, 1959, I for one am glad the music didn’t really die that day and I just love the music from that era. But then I really enjoy all music.
What is your favorite era for music?