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On February 3, 1959, 60 years ago today, Rock and Roll musicians BUDDY HOLLY, RITCHIE VALENS, and J. P. "THE BIG BOPPER" RICHARDSON (left to right in the photo montage) were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa after playing a gig on a whirlwind tour.
The news media of the time, seeing rockers as an aberrant counter-culture flash-in-the-pan youth craze, gave little notice to the deaths of these early giants of the genre.
College classes would even be taught about McLean's lyrical composition -- the symbology and sweeping cultural significance of the song and how it spoke for a generation.
the lyrics of the song, "The day the
music died" was Feb. 3rd when the
plane crashed -- not Nov. 22nd, when
the era of assassinations began.
exploitive jerk in Hollywood sought
success by deceiving fans steeped in the
song, and titled his lame ripoff movie "American
Pie" -- dumb celluloid pablum that didn't use the song at all.
The "La Bamba" soundtrack album featured music
icons. It's a tough find today, and worth searching.
☆ RITCHIE VALENS guitar instrumental, "Sleepwalk":
RITCHIE VALENS album was released a month after his death in 1959. Where might he have taken the L.A.-based Chicano rock scene -- and its global status -- years before Los Lobos?
Now then -- what's this "breaking news" story that Don McLean sort-of told the Des Moines Register this morning that the song isn't really about Buddy Holly?
You judge. Here's what he said:
"The song is not about Buddy Holly," he said. "It’s about America."
“Buddy Holly’s death is what I used to try to write the biggest possible song I could write about America. And not a ‘This Land Is Your Land’ or 'America, the Beautiful' or something like that. I wanted to write a song that was completely brand new in its perspective.”