Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Day the Music Died- 50 Years Ago

It’s been fifty years since a single-engine plane crashed into a snow-covered Iowa filed, instantly killing three men whose names would become enshrined in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. The passing decades haven’t diminished fascination of “the day the music died” on Feb 2, 1959 when Buddy Holly, J.P. (The Big Bopper) Richardson and Ritchie Valens performed in snowy Clear Lake, Iowa and then boarded the plane for a planned three-mile flight that lasted only minutes.
Check out our Buddy Holly stand up in the library, you will find the Clear Lake Newspaper from February 1959. A new addition to our collection is “The Winter Dance Party” on DVD. This is a live authentic re-creation of the final tour and it is captured at the same theatre in Green Bay Wisconsin as the original tour played. Over 29 songs presented in the authentic and high voltage performance style that has won acclaim and legions of fans everywhere. Did you know that Waylon Jennings, Buddy Holly’s bassist and future country star, at the last minute gave up his seat to the Big Bopper who was suffering with the flu? Also that Bobby Vee then aged 15 replaced Buddy Holly at the next stop in North Dakota. His performance was a success, setting in motion a chain of events that led to Vee’s career as a popular singer.
Des Moines Register Buddy Holly Section which includes a timeline, special features and video interviews. The special tour of the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake is very interesting

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