The Day the Music died

Fifty years ago, Feb. 3, 1959, a plane carrying Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. Richardson AKA The Big Bopper crashed due to a snowstorm shorlty into their flight from Clear Lake, Iowa to Fargo, North Dakota.  All three rock n’roll legends died in the crash.  The three were only two stops on the Winter Dance Party tour.

That was 50 years ago today.  I won’t vouch for the Big Bopper or Richie Valens (which is to say I’ve never really heard anything from them other than their well known hits.  Are they worth it?), but you really should make an effort to dig into the Buddy Holly and The Crickets catalog.  The dude was totally punk rock, even if he was just playing sped up rockabilly.

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