Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Day The Music Died

We all liked Ike back in '59. Alaska and Hawaii became states, Neil Sedaka sang "Oh! Carol" Louis Armstrong entertained us with "Mack the Knife" and on this day, Feb 3, 1959, the music died.
The Big Bopper, Richie Valens and the great Buddy Holly were on their way to a concert in Fargo, North Dakota when their plane cashed into a cornfield near Clear Lake, Iowa.
The Big Bopper was 28, Buddy Holly age 22 and Richie Valens 17 years old.
They had appeared at the Surf Ballroom on Monday night and were scheduled to appear in Fargo the next night.
There was a chartered bus which took the other members of the troupe but the three stars wanted to get there early so they took the plane.
While The Platters were singing the number one song that week, "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," rock and roll fans around the world had tears in their eyes at the loss of three legends.
They all died so young and had such potential, we all lost something of ourselves that fateful day.

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