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2.03.2009

OT: 50 years ago ...

TUESDAY MORNING
Post No. 1,028

Hey everyone. My father reared me to appreciate (and recall on command) early rock-and-roll music. He was into stuff from the 60s, but he made sure I respected the guys who made the genre possible.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of a big day in R & R history.

On 2/3/59, a small plane carrying popular musicians Richie Valens, J.P. Richardson (known then as "The Big Bopper"), pilot Roger Peterson and Buddy Holly crashed into a corn field near Clear Lake, Iowa. They were leaving a gig into difficult, blustery conditions.

People call it "The Day The Music Died." It was a huge story back then.

Holly was one of the most gifted musical minds of all time. He was a good musician, but his skill set was much more broad. Holly was performing his own songs (rare for artists in the 1950s) and produced his own stuff.

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley (who was Holly's contemporary) weren't shy about crediting Holly for stoking their affection for rock music.

Just thought you older HOTTIES might like to reminisce. Or you younger HOTTIES can learn about Holly. He was as good as they get.

23 Comments:

Blogger youngpj said...

Hey oh!

8:38 AM  
Blogger michael said...

So this is what Madonna wrote that "American Pie' song about?

8:42 AM  
Blogger youngpj said...

I didn't think Madonna wrote that... or are you being "sarcastical"

8:43 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Well played, michael, as usual.

8:44 AM  
Blogger The SeanZ said...

Buddy Holly, wasn't that a Weezer song from the Blue Album??

8:45 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Watch that clip and see why someone invented the bass guitar!

8:48 AM  
Blogger hip-hopanonymous said...

To be fair, I saw an episode of Quantum Leap years ago that showed Scott Bacula teaching this song to a young Buddy Holly. That wasnt his main mission, but he helped him out anyway. So maybe the Beatles and Elvis should be thanking Bacula...

8:48 AM  
Blogger BinOBA said...

Good ol, madonna. Reminding me more of alice from superjail more everytime i see her .

8:49 AM  
Blogger Comm'r of Flesh Wounds said...

It's a little known fact that Tony Franklin was the actual inspiration for the song American Pie.

8:53 AM  
Blogger BinOBA said...

Buddy Holly, antoher grat ROCKER from Texas.

8:53 AM  
Blogger AUNugget said...

wasn't Tony Franklin the inspiration for Matt Foley as well?

8:55 AM  
Blogger Comm'r of Flesh Wounds said...

Excellent. TF's Hyundai and Matt Foley's van both parked down by the river.

8:59 AM  
Blogger youngpj said...

How about some props for this first time first poster?

9:00 AM  
Blogger The SeanZ said...

Funny blurbs about a couple of the bowl games from The Onion...thought I'd share.

Bowl Game Highlights

9:01 AM  
Blogger AUNugget said...

rubber chicken.

9:05 AM  
Blogger gatiger said...

youngpj begging for attention

9:06 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread up.

9:08 AM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

Let us not forget Buddy's then 21-year old bass guitarist, who gave up his seat on the plane that fateful night to Mr. Richardson.

According to his autobiography, Buddy kidded him by saying "I hope your ol' bus freezes up!", to which the young Waylon Jennings replied, "I hope your damn plane crashes!"

9:13 AM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Believe it or not, I visited a cabinet manufacturer in Mason City Iowa a couple of years ago and we had a cookout in Clear Lake. The place he played still looks the same in fact all that area still looks a lot like the 50s. We drove out to the farm and walked about a 1/2 mile in a cornfield to see the spot that was marked where it went down. I'm talking wwaaayy out in a corn field surrounded by corn fields! Felt like I just needed to visit it being a baby boomer. The girl that went with me didn't know who Buddy Holly was.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

That's interesting, WEG.

Really was the middle of nowhere.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Jay, Thanks for the history lesson. It is a credit to Holly that other great musicians consider him an influence on their work. Originality is definitely underrated. And by "original," I mean Faith Hill's timeless remake of "Me and Bobby McGee."

12:53 PM  
Blogger Jeremy Eubanks said...

I <3 Buddy Holly....just sayin'

1:13 PM  
Blogger BoatOnTheRiver said...

Thanks Jay for the Buddy Holly and Big Bopper reminder.

Buddy is one of my favs as my older brothers taught me to appreciate the roots of rock'n'roll.

No offense to Elvis, but Buddy Holly was one of, if not the, first real "Rock'N Roll" musician.

Truly ahead of his time.

War Eagle!!

1:38 PM  

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