it was 50 years ago today…usatoady:

fifty years after the day the music died — songwriter don mclean’s description of the feb. 3, 1959, plane crash that killed musicians buddy holly, ritchie valens and j.p. "the big bopper" richardson — rock ‘n’ roll fans are marking the event both in iowa, where the private plane went down in a frozen cornfield near clear lake, and in holly’s hometown of lubbock, texas.

buddy’s influence on modern rock n’ roll can be seen here on, in the quotes from today’s famous musicians (such as springsteen, mccartney, dylan, etc.) who discuss holly’s effect on them.

and we are marking the event w/four clips tonite…

buddy holly & the crickets – peggy sue

live – purported from american bandstand in 1958, tho we don’t remember any bouffanted gowned woman on bandstand warning the audience they had to keep open minds when listening to rock n’ roll…

ritchie valens – la bamba

no video, just a slideshow, sorry…

the big bopper – chantilly lace

this clip, we believe, is from american bandstand, as the bb is introduced by dick clark

feb. 3, 1959 – the day the music died…

don mclean – american pie

video produced by lone star sound & pictures…quite touching, actually…

addendum: one fly @ outta the cornfield was in iowa that day, and drove to the crash site the next. he talks about the surf ballroom and the remembrance they are holding, plus he has pics from those days!



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