Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2 Posted (12 years 6 months 3 days ago) and read 860 times:
February XX, 1959:
A plane crashes containing three famous US rock stars. (Was it Bob Marley, the guy who wrote "La Bamba" and third famous guy?)
Apparently, this day became known as "The day the music died", and this name is one of the most memorable lines of the song "American Pie".
While browsing on the web, I found a few pages trying to interpret the text of this wonderful song, and I, who always thought the text was meant to be poetic gibberish, am quite impressed with the meaning of each and every verse. But this particular fact rang in my ears: 3 rock stars dying in 1 crash. So I decided to ask the knowledgeable forum members for more information:
What plane was involved?
Was it an airliner or a private jet? (I assume corporate jets were rare in those times?)
How comes there were 3 famous people on board (if it was an airliner) - were tickets so expensive that every crash would cost only VIP's lives?
What was the cause? Just bad weather?
And, as I do not know much about that time and the music then, why does Don McLean consider this event so momentous in music history? Did their death change the style of that era's music this drastically? Or is it just the nostalgic, but eventually meaningless description of a very personal, subjective view of things?
Mr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2786 posts, RR: 9 Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 802 times:
Hi guys. Matt D is correct. The aircraft was a Beechcraft Bonanza [I read a synopsis of the "Crash Report" around 7 years ago in FLYING magazine].
I believe there was another musician who was supposed to be on that flight, however he was either to late, or there wasn't enough room, but I can't remember his name. It was someone like Hank Williams Sr....I think.
FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 15 Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 780 times:
That third member was Waylon Jennings. He flipped a coin with Richie Valens & lost his seat. It was indeed "The day the music died." Feb. 3rd, 1959.
Big Bopper's real name was J.P. Richardson. I have his only album on CD. Regards.
"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 5 Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 777 times:
I sometimes wondered what would have happened had Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the "Big Bopper" had not been killed in that plane crash.
I think very likely rock and roll would have remained quite popular, and very likely Elvis Presley would have to evolve his musical style quickly in order to keep up with these three legendary musicians. It probably would have also delayed the British Invasion by at least 2-3 years, too.
Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2 Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 769 times:
Very interesting replies!
So their death did have an impact on 20th century music development? Quite sad really. Nowadays no one would really notice if any of today's "pop stars" died - as they are so replaceable and all their songs are written by others anyway....
Must have been quite a time, when the style of music actually developped and changed radically over a few years at the hands of just a few people.