ROCK & ROLL RADIO HISTORY: "THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED"...
THE MOST TRAGIC DAY IN THE EARLY YEARS OF ROCK & ROLL
HISTORY WAS FEBRUARY 3, 1959...
...it was the day that the plane carrying Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and, The Big Bopper, crashed in a field near Mason City, Iowa, killing all three singers, and the pilot.
DON McLEAN relived that incident in his instant-classic hit "American Pie". I was the Music Director at KAAY when it was released in the Fall of 1971, heard it way before I put it on the air...and it just blew me away ! He termed that day... "The Day The Music Died", and since then that's the way it's been known.
I've had this rare, historic, News Bulletin about the crash on that day, February 3, 1959, in my Archives for a long time, but I don't know where it was originally broadcast or who the announcer is. When I decided to add it to the WebSite, I added a little bit of music from Buddy Holly, and Richie Valens, PLUS, the voice of The Big Bopper with his legendary Intro to start things off...to give it a little more balance and give you a chance to hear their voices again.
This special, rare audio that your hearing is not very long...but it is very important. And, maybe next time when you hear Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, or, The Big Bopper on your radio you'll think about the musical legacy they left us, and remember that they left us way too soon.
Simply Click-On Here , listen to the audio, read my personal thoughts on this tragic occurence from 54 years ago, and, remember those 3 Legendary singers whose music will live on forever.
My best to all, and thanks to Bud & the Crew, plus all who take the time to visit us here at The Mighty 1090 / KAAY, forever, Blog.