"The Day The Music Died" - fifty years on.

  • CAtoFL

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    Feb 03, 2009 4:12 PM GMT
    From CNN:

    "The facts are these: Just after 1 a.m. February 3, 1959, a three-passenger Beechcraft Bonanza went down about five miles northwest of Mason City Municipal Airport, near Clear Lake, Iowa. The plane crash took the lives of the pilot, Roger Peterson, and three musicians: Charles Hardin Holley, better known as Buddy Holly, 22; Ritchie Valens (originally Valenzuela), 17; and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, 28.

    The three young musicians were part of the "Winter Dance Party," a ramshackle tour that started in Wisconsin.

    It has become famous, in Don McLean's "American Pie" formulation, as "the day the music died."

    The event has echoed through rock 'n' roll history for 50 years, representing, if not the end of rock 'n' roll itself, the close of an era, the end of the first bloom of rock anarchy and innovation.

    "It was like a curtain coming down," said Terry Stewart, president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, which is co-hosting a series of events in Clear Lake for the anniversary, including classes putting the event in historical context".



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    Feb 03, 2009 11:38 PM GMT
    Being a Rock Hall employee I must say that you can almost feel it in the air. It definitely did bring a change...very tragic.
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    Feb 04, 2009 2:45 AM GMT
    I wonder what they'd think about the music scene nowadays?
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    Feb 04, 2009 4:23 AM GMT
    I remember a family friend playing Richie Valens in "La Bamba." I used to hear stories about their lives non-stop when I was younger. Certainly a great loss, but we're lucky to have their examples...otherwise music today would be EVEN WORSE!