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63 years since the Day the Music Died… RIP Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper…

63 years ago today, the Day the Music Died when a plane crash killed three young musicians after they played the Winter Dance Party concert at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Those musicians were Buddy Holly (22), Ritchie Valens (17) and The Big Bopper J.P. Richardson (28). Buddy and Ritchie were young kids… the Big Bopper was young too but he was a little older than the other two.

I wasn’t even born yet in 1959, lol…. but I’ll never forget and will always honor it every Feb. 3rd like I always try to do. I never listened to the Big Bopper much but I respected his legacy out of this… I do love listening to Buddy and Ritchie more, though.

I would think it had to be a sad day for America and Mexico too, of course. If that crash didn’t happen and these guys lived, I’m sure they would have completed that “Winter Dance Party” tour like they originally planned. If they didn’t get on that plane during a snowstorm then I’m sure things would have turned out differently. I’m a huge fan of Buddy and Ritchie, always loved listening to both of them… and remember if it wasn’t for them then Elvis and the Beatles wouldn’t have happened, in my opinion.

It may be 2022 and it may have happened 63 years ago but we’ll never forget these three. This was pretty much the beginning of “rock n’ roll”, remember that.

Kev

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b-by5e4saI&t=32s