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Today in WMH: The Day the Music Died


2/3 Today in Weird Music History: 1959. The Day the Music Dies. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “the Big Bopper” Richardson perish when their airplane crashes into an Iowa cornfield amidst a winter storm. Several deals and coin-flips helped decide which members of the tour would fly and who would take the bus to the next gig.  (One of those left behind was future country music legend, Waylon Jennings).  In 1973, Don McLean recorded a song about this tragic event, though today many people are clueless about the inspiration for his hit single, American Pie.  For more:





  1. crackladen says:

    Obnoxious commenter alert! American Pie is Don McLean. It is also a better song than anything Don Henley ever did, and I think I’m going to include The Eagles in that as well, though I haven’t fully thought it through!

  2. shoreacres says:

    I was living about 150 miles from Clear Lake, Iowa when it happened, and I was thirteen years old. I idolized all of those musicians, and danced to their music on a regular basis. Apart from a grandfather who died when I still was a little young (five? six?) to appreciate the finality of it all, it was my first experience with death. We all grieved, for sure.

    Ironically enough, I live on the edges of a Clear Lake now – albeit in Texas. There’s pretty good music here, too.

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