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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
was 50 years ago today.
post #2 of 19
Your post brought back instant memories....
it's like a time machine.
For those members who don't know....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYiL74l8lPI
post #3 of 19
I don't remember--I wasn't quite 2 y/o.
I do think Don McLean's tribute is probably the greatest rock song ever written.
post #4 of 19
Here is a picture of the plane crash and a story at the bottom.


http://elvispelvis.com/theplanecrash.htm


I wasn't born when it happened, but I grew up listening to the music of these men.

The families are still fighting to get the royalties

http://music.aol.ca/article/buddy-ho...-death/500236/

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/0...nment_us_holly
post #5 of 19
I was not born yet either but grew up with their music.
My husband hats American Pie lol.
I have the record.
Its so sad they all died.
post #6 of 19
How sad. I love that song, I dont think I knew what it was about.
post #7 of 19
Yes, I was thinking about Buddy Holly last week. It so brings back my teenage years.
post #8 of 19
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Virtually every word in Don McLean's song has some rock and roll history significance. Some of it you can catch, if you know a lot of that history!
post #9 of 19
I wasn't born yet but I know all about it. La Bamba was one of my Dad's favorite songs when he was a kid and I grew up listening to music like that from him.
post #10 of 19
American Pie to be one of the best songs ever written. I never tire of hearing it. Of course, I love history and puzzles so it works

I wasn't born yet (don't get to say that often anymore)!
post #11 of 19
Also wasn't born yet...so it doesn't affect me all that much. Although I do recognize the significance of that day.
post #12 of 19
Thread Starter 
It may be more significant than most of us realize. Holly pioneered the "classic" rock band organization, 2 guitars (one rhythm, one lead), a bass, and a drum set. It's so common few of us even think about it any more.

In addition, the Beatles were consciously imitating the Crickets' name.

And Holly made glasses acceptable onstage.
post #13 of 19
i actually got to speak with Don Mclean on the phone at one of my jobs, he had business to take care of with our company, it was very cool, he was really nice, and it really was him!
post #14 of 19
One of the local TV stations had a story about it the other night. They said Buddy Holly was only 22 years old when he was killed, but didn't mention the ages of the other young men.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by Lorie D. View Post
One of the local TV stations had a story about it the other night. They said Buddy Holly was only 22 years old when he was killed, but didn't mention the ages of the other young men.
Richie Valens was 18. The Big Bopper, J.P.Richardson, was 29, & the pilot of the plane was only 21.
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
Richie Valens was 18. The Big Bopper, J.P.Richardson, was 29, & the pilot of the plane was only 21.
That makes it all the more tragic.
"Bye, Bye Miss American Pie" is one of my all-time favorites.
post #17 of 19
Did you know that Waylon Jennings was supposed to be on that plane? (he was a back-up musician for Buddy Holly at that time) I found this tidbit online---
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Waylon Jennings gave his seat up to Richardson, who was running a fever and had trouble fitting his stocky frame comfortably into the bus seats.

When Holly learned that Jennings wasn't going to fly, he said, "Well, I hope your old bus freezes up." Jennings responded, "Well, I hope your plane crashes." This friendly banter of friends would haunt Jennings for years.
I believe that Richie Valens won his seat on the flight by flipping a coin with another backup musician.
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by libby74 View Post
Did you know that Waylon Jennings was supposed to be on that plane? (he was a back-up musician for Buddy Holly at that time) I found this tidbit online---


I believe that Richie Valens won his seat on the flight by flipping a coin with another backup musician.
The other musician was Tommy Allsup. He and my boss at a little oil company had a little nightclub in the Adam Hat building in Deep Ellum in Dallas about 1985 or so. The sign on the door was a coin, symbolic of that coin flip.
post #19 of 19
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The other musician was Tommy Allsup. He and my boss at a little oil company had a little nightclub in the Adam Hat building in Deep Ellum in Dallas about 1985 or so. The sign on the door was a coin, symbolic of that coin flip.
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Waylon Jennings and Mr. Allsup must have suffered 'survivor's guilt' for years. I don't how you'd ever come to grips with something like that.
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