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Rock fans head to Iowa to recall day music died
ap via Breitbart ^ | Jan 27, 2009 | MARCO SANTANA

Posted on 01/27/2009 9:21:11 PM PST by Jet Jaguar

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - It's been 50 years since a single-engine plane crashed into a snow-covered Iowa field, instantly killing three men whose names would become enshrined in the history of rock 'n' roll. The passing decades haven't diminished fascination with that night on Feb. 2, 1959, when 22-year-old Buddy Holly, 28-year-old J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and 17-year-old Ritchie Valens performed in Clear Lake and then boarded the plane for a planned 300-mile flight that lasted only minutes.

"It was really like the first rock 'n' roll landmark; the first death," said rock historian Jim Dawson, who has written several books about music of that era. "They say these things come in threes. Well, all three happened at the same time."

Starting Wednesday, thousands of people are expected to gather in the small northern Iowa town where the rock pioneers gave their last performance. They'll come to the Surf Ballroom for symposiums with the three musicians' relatives, sold-out concerts and a ceremony as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame designates the building as its ninth national landmark.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: History; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: holly; richardson; valens

1 posted on 01/27/2009 9:21:11 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

The day the music died...


2 posted on 01/27/2009 9:39:44 PM PST by free me (Geez!)
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To: free me
SO Bye Bye Miss American Pie....

You know that song will be stuck in my head for the next couple of days don't you.

3 posted on 01/27/2009 10:22:15 PM PST by BBell
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To: BBell

I’m sorry, i’m in the same boat.

(stupid Don McLean, at least it wasn’t Starry Starry Night)


4 posted on 01/27/2009 10:52:16 PM PST by free me (Geez!)
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To: free me
Oh my God, you had to mention Starry Starry Night. Oh Jes, I'll never sleep now. I could listen to some Rick Astley or Kylie Minogue but sometimes the antidote is worse then the cure. Maybe I'll listen to The Cure. Friday I'm in Love.
5 posted on 01/27/2009 11:08:47 PM PST by BBell
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To: BBell
Click here. That should cure it.
6 posted on 01/27/2009 11:14:36 PM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: Jet Jaguar; free me; BBell

Thanks a lot, you guys. Now I won’t get to sleep at all. After hearing those play in my head for the next hour, I’m sure to start in on Chantilly Lace, La Bomba, Peggy Sue, and That’ll be the Day.

Great, just great.

But then, maybe I can drift off dreaming about all the girls with whom I danced while listening to those songs, heheh.

Yeah, now that I think about it, maybe getting to sleep won’t be that hard, after all.

zzzzz

:^D


7 posted on 01/27/2009 11:34:10 PM PST by RebelTex
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To: RebelTex
Never hurts to fall asleep listening to Holly.

Modern Day Don Juan was one of my favs.

8 posted on 01/27/2009 11:42:07 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Richard Kimball; Jet Jaguar
She may be cute but she's evil. She has more teeth then the average person. Kind of like Freddy Mercury.

pure evil

9 posted on 01/27/2009 11:49:36 PM PST by BBell
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To: RebelTex

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0i_njZvnxc&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdtqTWH0lxU&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TcC_ni0ojo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78Ez6gxzP0w&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mKHkz6A3Fk&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5uJCRUFeH4&feature=related


10 posted on 01/27/2009 11:50:17 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Richard Kimball

LOL!


11 posted on 01/27/2009 11:52:07 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar
This article mentions only "the pilot" of the Beech Bonanza without giving his name. He was Roger Arthur Peterson, a 21 year old newlywed.

Contrary to some reports, Roger was fairly experienced. He had been flying for five years and had accumulated more than 600 hours. He was not instrument rated, however, and conditions that night were marginal for visual flight, to say the least. He had 128 hours in Beech Bonanza, an allegedly challenging aircraft known colloquially as the "Fork-Tailed Doctor-Killer" for its "butterfly" tail structure and its sometimes fatal popularity with the medical profession. It is very likely Roger was confused by the unusual design of the Sperry attitude gyro that had recently been installed in that particular aircraft. This instrument could easily be interpreted backwards by pilots who are not used to it.

12 posted on 01/27/2009 11:56:46 PM PST by atomic conspiracy (Victory in Iraq: Worst defeat for activist media since Goebbels shot himself.)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Thanks for the info.


13 posted on 01/28/2009 12:00:19 AM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: atomic conspiracy

Thank you for steering us back on topic.


14 posted on 01/28/2009 12:03:48 AM PST by BBell
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To: Jet Jaguar
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the great links. Have not heard Donna in a million years. I used to have the 45 rpm back in the days before LP albums were widely available, or affordable.

Started checking out the links, one at a time, at about 11:55, and now it's 1:50 am. Stopped along the way to listen to about a dozen versions of Johnny Cash's Cocaine Blues and a myriad of related stuff. Finally finished listening with Angel Baby by Rosie and the Innocents. Knew right then I must stop listening for a while or spend the whole night on YouTube searching -- oh s**t, now I have to go back and find Searching, can't even remember who recorded it. Thanks again.

15 posted on 01/28/2009 1:57:28 AM PST by ARepublicanForAllReasons (Give 'em hell, Sarah!)
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To: Jet Jaguar
An interesting sidebar to this episode is that Waylon Jennings was supposed to be on the plane but at the last minute gave up his seat to the "Big Bopper" and took a bus instead.

Buddy Holly joked to Jennings that "I hope your bus freezes up" and Jennings shot back "Well I hope your darn plane crashes."

16 posted on 01/28/2009 2:16:30 AM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 33 days away from outliving John F. Kennedy)
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To: SamAdams76

Dang,,I loved the Big Bopper


17 posted on 01/28/2009 2:17:16 AM PST by cajungirl (no)
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To: ARepublicanForAllReasons
Started checking out the links, one at a time, at about 11:55, and now it's 1:50 am. Stopped along the way to listen to about a dozen versions of Johnny Cash's Cocaine Blues and a myriad of related stuff. Finally finished listening with Angel Baby by Rosie and the Innocents. Knew right then I must stop listening for a while or spend the whole night on YouTube searching -- oh s**t, now I have to go back and find Searching, can't even remember who recorded it. Thanks again.

Too much searching ;-)

Angel Baby was done by Rosie & The Originals while Kathy Young With The Innocents covered the Rivileers' song, A Thousand Stars...


18 posted on 01/28/2009 4:51:42 AM PST by pookie18 (Jindal-Palin or Palin-Jindal '12)
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To: atomic conspiracy

My take on the crash over the years has been that he iced up and there was nothing he could have done to avoid coming down.

Be that as it may though, thank you for posting his name and the info about him.

I was a junior in high school the day the music died.


19 posted on 01/28/2009 5:07:08 AM PST by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: BBell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO_vFuzPJvc


20 posted on 01/28/2009 5:09:05 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Chevron 7 will not engage!)
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To: SamAdams76
IIRC, Jennings was being wired some money to Fargo and had given his ID to someone on board so they could pick it up for him prior to his arrival by bus. He was identified as one of the victims early on because they found the ID.
21 posted on 01/28/2009 5:10:45 AM PST by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: stylecouncilor

ping


22 posted on 01/28/2009 8:57:44 AM PST by windcliff
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To: mad_as_he$$
That has got to be one of the worse songs to go along with the most over rated academy award winning movie ever.
23 posted on 01/28/2009 9:34:54 AM PST by BBell
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To: BBell

Yes but it will knock any other song out of your head for days.


24 posted on 01/28/2009 9:37:56 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Chevron 7 will not engage!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Wow. Thanks for the links. Playing them now.


25 posted on 01/28/2009 10:39:44 PM PST by RebelTex
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To: 537cant be wrong; Aeronaut; bassmaner; Bella_Bru; Big Guy and Rusty 99; Brian Allen; cgk; ...

Have a Holly Day.


26 posted on 01/29/2009 11:06:59 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Obama thinks spending tax $ on abortions in Mexico helps more than controlling illegal immigration)
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To: Richard Kimball
LOL.

"Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies will push out the Mary Tyler Moore theme. Now, how to get rid of Sugar Sugar?

27 posted on 01/30/2009 11:43:15 PM PST by SupplySider
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