Monday, February 03, 2014

The Day the Music Died: 55 Years Ago Today

The famous plane crash that took the life of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper was 55 years ago today -- Feb 3, 1959. In 2010, I wrote a post on my visit to the site, including some good information and pictures. If you are interested in this important event in rock and roll history, check out the pictures from my crash site post.


Blogger Lucki Duck said...

Growing up in the Beaumont, Texas area, the "Big Bopper" was up there with other famous locals (George Jones, Babe Didrickson, etc). What I remember most is his exhumation a few years ago. The excerpt below is from the Des Moines newspaper.

"Jay Richardson stepped up beside the upper end. I stood beside him. A hush fell over the group as Rodney Landry grasped one edge of the lid and gave a tug. After nearly half a century in the soggy ground, the lid raised smoothly and silently. As it did, it revealed one of the most remarkable sights I've ever seen in my career. What I saw, and what Jay Richardson saw, was not a bare skull or rotting tissue. What we saw was the Big Bopper himself, complete with his trademark crew cut. The skin was discolored — a mottled bluish-purple — but the features were instantly recognizable, and bore a striking resemblance to those of the man who stood beside me, getting his first glimpse of his father in the flesh."

Although a little creepy, it's an interesting article. The link (if you're interested) is

9:13 AM  
Blogger Pete P. Peters said...

What is a "Big Bopper"? And how frigg'n old are you?

1:57 PM  

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