Friday, February 3, 2012


     On February 3, 1959 Rock legends, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. The tour bus they had been using was not well equipped and lacked heat (one of the drummers had suffered from frostbite while touring). There were two ironic aspects to this tragedy. Singer, Dion (of Dion and The Belmonts) chose not to fly because he felt the $36 fee being asked was too much and Waylon Jennings gave up his seat to the pilot. Before departing, Holly joked to Waylon “hope your bus freezes over” to which Jennings replied, “hope your plane crashes”. He was to regret those words forever. Don McLean immortalized “the day the music died” in his song, “American Pie.”

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