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The day the Music died.

62 years ago today, on February 3, 1959, American rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and "The Big Bopper" J. P. Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with pilot Roger Peterson. The event later became known as "The Day the Music Died", after singer-songwriter Don McLean referred to it as such in his 1971 song "American Pie".

WRS played the long version of American Pie this morning. If you get a chance today you should listen to it. Still quite poignent.

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WRS played the long version of American Pie this morning. If you get a chance today you should listen to it. Still quite poignent.
Brilliant song, of course, one of my faves (to perform, as well as to listen to).

But what a terrible video. I just left the sound playing in another tab so I didn't have to see it.
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Re: The day the Music died.

What a thread title.

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62 years ago today, on February 3, 1959,
It was 61 years ago
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It was 61 years ago
Nope, 2021 minus 1959 makes 62.

Always liked that song, but never knew what the title referred to. I was only 6 when that happened.
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Old 03.02.2021, 12:45
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I also had no idea that American Pie referred to that event. I remember seeing the musical The Buddy Holly story in London in 1989. I miss those days ...
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It was 61 years ago
62, I know as I was born two weeks later.

Meanwhile, the bass player on it is one of my FB friends, Rob Stoner.

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Old 03.02.2021, 17:06
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62, I know as I was born two weeks later.

Meanwhile, the bass player on it is one of my FB friends, Rob Stoner.

Tom
Sorry!
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Re: The day the Music died.

I've never understood the hero worship of Buddy Holly. His songs were pleasant enough to be sure, frothy and poppy, and well suited to the 3-minute format of the pop charts. Melodic and inoffensive, but why they're considered ground-breaking I've absolutely no idea. There were plenty of other, similar tunes around at the time.
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I've never understood the hero worship of Buddy Holly. His songs were pleasant enough to be sure, frothy and poppy, and well suited to the 3-minute format of the pop charts. Melodic and inoffensive, but why they're considered ground-breaking I've absolutely no idea. There were plenty of other, similar tunes around at the time.
He was one of the first to write and play only his own music, that many others have since covered and/or been inspired by.

"During his short career, Holly wrote and recorded many songs. He is often regarded as the artist who defined the traditional rock-and-roll lineup of two guitars, bass, and drums. He was a major influence on later popular music artists, including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, The Hollies (who named themselves in his honor), Elvis Costello, Marshall Crenshaw (who later played Holly), and Elton John. He was among the first artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1986. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 13 in its list of "100 Greatest Artists". "

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He was one of the first to write and play only his own music, that many others have since covered and/or been inspired by.
"He was a major influence on later popular music artists, including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones,"
All of these are explicitly referenced in the lyrics, either (or in some cases both) as the continuation of the trend he was instrumental in starting or examples of ongoing change, seen as a bad thing, with Dylan (the Jester) stealing Elvis's (King's_) crown and then the new ideas he was part of popularising becoming mainstream (moss growing on a rolling stone). The Stones concert in Altamont gives rise to the bit about "no Angel born in Hell" and surely the "quartet" in the park are the Beatles, as also the Sergeants, ref. Sgt Pepper.

Anyway, dodgy lyric interpretation aside, yes, they were all influenced in some way, and the song is as much or more about the way American society was perceived to change from around the time he died as it is about the music itself. He's used to represent a better, cleaner, more innocent time.
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Sorry!
No need to be shy, you just wanted to make him a little younger
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