Buddy Holly 50th the Day Music Didn't Die
Sorry, Don McLean, but the music didnt die
50 years later, Buddy Hollys songs still alive in tunes we hear today.
Buddy Holly was the James Dean of his generation. But whereas Dean who died at 24 in a car crash in California was celebrated for his brooding screen presence, it was Hollys earnestness that defined him. At another time in history, he would have been called a nerd.
The wreckage of a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza was scattered across a small area of snow-covered cornfield outside of Clear Lake, Iowa. The plane crashed into the ground suddenly, so most of the smoldering rubble was concentrated in one area. Three passengers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, a.k.a. The Big Bopper were ejected from the plane and died on impact, as did the pilot, 21-year-old Roger Peterson.
That happened on Feb. 3, 1959, exactly 50 years ago this Tuesday.
It was the most infamous plane crash in rock and roll history, aided somewhat in that distinction by Don McLeans wistful ballad, American Pie, in which he referred to the event as the day the music died.