Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Remember

A long, long time ago...
I can still remember
How that music used to make me smile.
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And, maybe, they'd be happy for a while.

But February made me shiver
With every paper I'd deliver.
Bad news on the doorstep;
I couldn't take one more step.

I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride,
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died

- American Pie by Don McLean.

At around 1:05 AM on the morning of February 3rd, 1959 - fifty years ago nearly to the moment - a plane carrying four men crashed in a dark Iowa cornfield. No one saw or heard the crash, and it did not make front page news in many cities. I doubt anyone at the time, even the families involved, realized that people fifty years later would mourn the losses of that day.


CHARLES HARDIN HOLLEY, AKA BUDDY HOLLY, AGE 22

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RICHARD STEVEN VALENZUELA AKA RITCHIE VALENS, AGE 17

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J.P. RICHARDSON, AKA THE BIG BOPPER, AGE 28

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(PILOT) ROGER PETERSON, AGE 21

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Rest in peace gentlemen. Your music lives on.

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2 comments:

Sybil said...

Thanks Dan for putting in the pictures. I was listning to the radio in bed last night (early morning !!) and we they were speaking about the even and playing that exact tune..and I just couldn't bring to mind their faces...of course the instant I saw them I "saw" them again just as they were all these years ago,,
Thanks again
. How is the work search going no news of that situation lately ?
Love Sybil x

Bridgett said...

So you've actually been to all these graves?

How amazing.

Fifty years...I just can't believe that.
I've watched La Bamba so many times....

XOXOX