OT: 50 years ago ...
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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.