Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Bye bye, Miss American Pie

It’s the 50th anniversary of “The Day the Music Died,” when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper were all killed in a plane crash.

In observance, here’s an article about how Buddy Holly made the world obsessed with dead rock stars (or something); here’s a link to a cool M. Ward cover of Holly’s song “Rave On;” and here’s a clip of the Filipino James Deans impersonating the Mexican-American Elvis:

Sorry, I don't have much to offer on the Big Bopper. Hellooooo, baaaaby!


red said...

Were they all rock star death age?

Liz said...

Sadly no. Buddy Holly was 22 I think, Valens was like 17 (poor kid), the Big Bopper was close at 28.

That article I linked to reminded me of two others who were 27: Brian Jones (Rolling Stones) and Robert Johnson (influential blue guys)

Malcolm said...

If you haven't yet, you should check out The Big Bopper's follow-up to "Chantilly Lace" called "The Big Bopper's Wedding". Someone actually posted a sample of a Big Bopper compilation CD. If you go to the 30 second mark of the following link, you can hear a portion of "The Big Bopper's Wedding":