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    The Day the Music Died

    Next week it will be 50 years ago when this happened.

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    The story of the long, cold nights on the road before the Day the Music Died, 50 years ago.

    By PAMELA HUEY, Star Tribune

    Last update: January 24, 2009 - 10:21 PM

    The rickety old bus pulled out of the Duluth Armory late on Saturday, Jan. 31, 1959, and headed across St. Louis Bay into the frigid Wisconsin night.

    On board were some exhausted, stinky rock 'n' rollers and their harried manager. The Winter Dance Party tour had just finished its ninth gig in as many days and was headed east for Appleton and Green Bay, for shows 10 and 11 on Sunday.

    But as the temperature plunged to around 30 below and the wind howled, fate intervened. The southbound bus creaked to a stop as it struggled up an incline on Hwy. 51 about 10 miles south of Hurley.

    Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, Waylon Jennings, Dion and the others were stranded on a remote highway in the northern Wisconsin forest. They huddled under blankets and burned newspapers to try to stay warm. Buddy's drummer was nursing painful frostbitten feet.

    It was the night the music almost died.

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    A group of men view of the wreckage of a Beechcraft Bonanza airplane in a snowy field outside of Clear Lake, Iowa, early February 1959. The crash, on February 3, claimed the lives of American rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. 'The Big Bopper' Richardson.

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    Re: The Day the Music Died

    Bye, bye Miss American pie...
    We're bringing purple back.

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    What a tragedy, but a great song came out of it. ^^

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    I heard on the radio today that Jan 26th is the date of Buddy Holly's first recording (in 1956)...and 3 short years later he was dead.

    Ritchie Valens was only 17, and just becoming a star in his own right. "La Bamba" is a pretty good movie about his life.
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    Re: The Day the Music Died

    Don McLean on Imus:

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    Re: The Day the Music Died

    [size=13pt]50 years after Holly, Richardson and Valens were killed, Iowa recalls the day the music died[/size]

    By MARCO SANTANA , Associated Press

    CLEAR LAKE, Iowa - It's been 50 years since a single-engine plane crashed into a snow-covered Iowa field, instantly killing three men whose names would become enshrined in the history of rock 'n' roll.

    The passing decades haven't diminished fascination with that night on Feb. 2, 1959, when 22-year-old Buddy Holly, 28-year-old J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and 17-year-old Ritchie Valens performed in Clear Lake and then boarded the plane for a planned 300-mile flight that lasted only minutes.

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    Re: The Day the Music Died

    The Day the Music Died:

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    Re: The Day the Music Died

    [size=13pt]'The day the music died'? Hardly[/size]

    By Todd Leopold
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    (CNN) -- The facts are these: Just after 1 a.m. February 3, 1959, a three-passenger Beechcraft Bonanza went down about five miles northwest of Mason City Municipal Airport, near Clear Lake, Iowa. The plane crash took the lives of the pilot, Roger Peterson, and three musicians: Charles Hardin Holley, better known as Buddy Holly, 22; Ritchie Valens (originally Valenzuela), 17; and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, 28.
    It has become famous, in Don McLean's "American Pie" formulation, as "the day the music died."

    The event has echoed through rock 'n' roll history for 50 years, representing, if not the end of rock 'n' roll itself, the close of an era, the end of the first bloom of rock anarchy and innovation.

    "It was like a curtain coming down," said Terry Stewart, president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, which is co-hosting a series of events in Clear Lake for the anniversary, including classes putting the event in historical context.

    As they have for decades, visitors have been making the pilgrimage to the resort town about 110 miles north of Des Moines. On Monday night, the 50th anniversary of the trio's deaths, the city's Surf Ballroom and Museum will host a huge concert in conjunction with the Rock Hall.


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