Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Did You Know Tuesday
Did you know that it was 50 years ago today that Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens were killed in a plane crash? They were on their way from Clear Lake, IA to Fargo, ND when the plane went down less than 10 minutes later.

Buddy Holly was 22 when he died and had only been in the music scene for about a year and a half, but his songs, legacy and talent carried over to a long line of musicians including Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, The Beatles, REM, to name just a few. A short list of this great musicians songs include “Peggy Sue”, “That’ll Be The Day”, “Everyday”, "Fade Away", and "Oh Boy". Well worth checking his music out if you're not familiar with it.

JP “the Big Bopper” Richardson (28 when he died) is best known for his hit “Chantilly Lace”. Ritchie Valens (17 years old) was known for “La Bamba”.

While the passing of these three musicians was a sad occasion for the music industry, it was made even worse when Don McLean released the worst song in American history, “American Pie” as a tribute.

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