The Day The Music Died
In the early morning hours of February 3, 1959, the careers of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson all came to a sudden and tragic end when the small charter plane carrying them, and their pilot Roger Peterson, crashed only minutes after takeoff. Nearing the end of what was billed as the “Winter Dance Party” tour, the circumstances surrounding the crash and how and why these three, despite severe weather issues, decided to fly to their next destination rather than continue on the bus they had been using, have long since become the subject of controversy. Don McLean’s 1971 classic song “American Pie,” which includes the lyric “the day the music died” on multiple occasions, has added exponentially to this event’s recognition in the years that have followed.
We will have an opportunity during this presentation to examine the careers and personal lives of these three outstanding artists, listen to first-hand accounts of the events leading up to the crash, and address some of the still unanswered questions that continue to haunt historians and fans of Rock and Roll’s early years.
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