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The Day The Music Died

Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:12 pm

3rd Feb 1959, 22 year old Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, aged 17, died in a crash shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa, the pilot of the single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza plane was also killed. Holly hired the plane after heating problems developed on his tour bus. All three were travelling to Fargo, North Dakota, for the next show on their Winter Dance Party Tour which Holly had set - covering 24 cities in three weeks, to make money after the break-up of his band, The Crickets, last year. Full story: ... music_died

Re: The Day The Music Died

Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:17 pm

Well, so the song says! Still,Buddy has his followers and his legacy, short as it was, still lingers on! I really dig the music of Buddy Holly! He is one of my fav's from that great era! :)

Re: The Day The Music Died

Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:05 pm

bajo wrote:(...) his legacy, short as it was, still lingers on!

Sure does! Buddy's legacy is immortal.

Many photos from that last tour have survived - a true testimony of the importance of the concerts for those present, who have kept the images for so long.

Among those attending, was 17 year old Bob Dylan, who witnessed the performance of the package show in his hometown of Duluth, Minnesota, at the Armory, on Saturday, January 31, 1959.

Here's a photo from that day, and also brief footage of Bob reminiscing (!) about it in 1998, after receiving the "Album Of The Year" Grammy award :