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Friday, February 06, 2009

Baby Boomers: February, 1959

Our occasional baby boomer feature...

February 3, 1959, known as The Day the Music Died just passed its 50th anniversary.

This of course is the day of the fatal plane crash which claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, (Who was only 17), and JP Richardson, a.k.a., The Big Bopper.

Most of this fate ridden story is well known. Not to be irreverent, there are some aspects not often mentioned that music buffs and fans may find interesting.

Waylon Jennings was the bass player in Buddy Holly's band. He gave up his seat on the plane to JP Richardson who was battling the flu. Richie Valens won his seat on the plane by way of a coin toss.

There was another act on the tour that winter, Dion and The Belmonts, led by Dion DiMucci, who had a string of hits in those years. Dion was offered a place on the plane, but turned it down. The $36 charter fee was more than he could justify.

This Edition's Video Clip
Buddy Holly, performing in 1957 on The Arthur Murray Dance Party.
2 minutes and 30 seconds.

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