Friday, February 3, 2017
The Day The Music Died
Life is so very short and sometimes it is taken away in the blink of an eye. This happened in my life time as I have watched car accidents and other ways that those I love leave suddenly. Perhaps the day the music died was a way that so many felt that pain. It makes us all sad.
Elvis, Morrison, Janis, Jimi, Lennon and Cobain were all great legends that left suddenly. The deaths changed music and left a scar on generations. I can remember my mother standing in the living room the day the news announced that Elvis had passed. These great legends all died on different days but when the three music stars died at one time it is even harder.
February 3, 1959 is the date that of "The Day The Music Died" Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were the men that would spend their last night together on a Midwestern tour billed as "The Winter Dance Party". It was winter which meant it was cold and it was in the Midwest which meant it was really cold. The distance between the venues was almost to far making it hard for the men to drive to locations. The tour bus had broken heater which was making them all sick.
The night before the fatal day the tour had stopped in Clear Lake Iowa. This was a stop that had been booked at last minute to fill an empty date on the tour schedule. The next stop would be at Moorhead Minnesota. Because of this and the other problems on the tour it was Holly who decided to charter a plane to the next stop. An inexperienced pilot would pick up the group after the performance
The small plane could seat 3 in addition to the pilot. The charge was $36. The Big Bopper who was sick asked Holly's guitarist none other than Waylon Jennings if he could have his seat on the plane. Jennings with a southern personality had no problem in letting the ailing singer have his seat on the plane. Jennings would retain a haunting moment as the last joke he said to Holly was "I hope your ol plane crashes."