The Day The Music Died
February 3, 2011 by staff
The Day The Music Died, Today is a day in history when world lost a legend, On February 3, 1959, a plane crash near Clear Lake in the small Iowa, killed three American rock and roll musicians: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP “Big Bopper” Richardson and the pilot Roger Peterson. Don McLean later called the day The Day the Music Died in his song “American Pie”.
“The Winter Dance Party” was a tour that has been created to cover the twenty-four cities in the Midwest in three weeks. A problem of logistics of the tour was the amount of travel, as the distance between sites was not a consideration when planning for each performance. Adding to the confusion, the tour bus used to transport the musicians was ill prepared for the weather; its heating system broke shortly after the tour began. Drummer Holly, Carl Bunch, developed a serious case of cold feet while the bus and was transported to a local hospital. As he recovered, Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens took turns on drums.
The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, was never intended to be a stop of the tour, but promoters hope to fill an opening date, called Carroll Anderson, who was the manager the Surf Ballroom, and offered him the show. He agreed and the date of issue was set for Monday, February 2.
By the time Buddy Holly arrived at the ballroom that night, he was frustrated by the tour bus and told his comrades that, after the show, they should try to charter a plane to the next stage of the tour, which has been Moorhead, Minnesota. According to VH-1 behind the music: The Day the Music Died, Holly was also upset that he ran out of clean socks undershirts, and underwear. He needed to do some laundry before the next performance, and the local laundromat in Clear Lake was closed that day.
Flight arrangements were made with Roger Peterson, a 21-year local pilot who worked for Dwyer Flying Service in Mason City, Iowa. A fee of 36 per passenger has been charged with the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza 1947 35 (V-tail), registration N3794N (later reassigned). The seat could Bonanza three plus the pilot.
Richardson has developed a case of influenza during the visit and asked Waylon Jennings, one of the other group members Holly, for his seat on the plane and Jennings agreed to give up her seat. When Holly learned that Jennings was not going to fly, he quipped: “Well, I hope your old bus freezes” and Jennings replied, also in jest: “Well, I hope your ol ‘plane crashes. “This exchange of words would haunt Jennings for the rest of his life.
Ritchie Valens had never flown in a small plane before, and asked Holly bandmate rest on the plane, Tommy Allsup for his seat. Tommy said: “I’ll go back to the remaining seat.” Contrary to what we see in biopics, the draw has not occurred at the airport shortly before takeoff, nor throws Buddy Holly. Bob Hale, a DJ with Krib-AM, was working the concert tonight and flipped the coin at the ballroom shortly before the musicians left for the airport. Valens won the toss and with it a seat on the flight.
Dion DiMucci of Dion and the Belmonts was approached to join the flight even if it is not known exactly when he was asked. Dion has decided that, since the cost of the flight and 36 was the same as the monthly rent paid for his parent’s apartment of his childhood, he could not justify the indulgence.
In 1988, Ken Paquette, a Wisconsin fan of the era of the 1950s, erected a stainless steel monument representing a steel guitar and a set of three records bearing the names of all three performers. The monument is located on private farmland, about a quarter mile west of the intersection of 315th Street and Gull Avenue, north five miles (8 km) from Clear Lake. There is a sign of post-horn-rimmed glasses [clarification needed] to the access point to the crash site. Paquette has also created a similar stainless steel monument three musicians outside the Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where Holly, Valens and The Big Bopper played on the night of February 1, 1959. This second memorial was unveiled July 17, 2003. In February 2009, a new memorial made by Paquette for the pilot Roger Peterson was unveiled at the crash site.
The plane crashed in a field about five miles from the airport because of bad weather. In an interesting bit of trivia, Valens and Richardson are not even supposed to be on the plane. The plane was supposed to be Holly and his acolytes, but Tommy Allsup overturned a coin with Valens for the last seat and Waylon Jennings (country artist now known) has sold its headquarters to a country devastated by the flu Richardson.
Holly was only 22 years old at the time of the accident and left a pregnant widow, who suffered a miscarriage shortly after the crash. The Big Bopper was 28, and Ritchie Valens was only 17.
“American Pie” celebrates the day dubbed “the day the music died” and continues, in its 8-½ minutes, to chronicle the tumultuous 60′s point of view of the music changes. The first verse begins with the death of these three musicians and the last verse speaks of the death of Janis Joplin in 1970. The song is full of interesting references, so you’d better study the history and / or music lovers. We have integrated a video artist Don McLean’s exercise of his iconic songs.
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