Today marks the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that tragically took the lives of Buddy Holly(22 y.o.), Richie Valens (17 y.o.), and The Big Bopper (Jaye P. Richardson-28 y.o.). So much has been written about this day in Rock N Roll, known as “the day the music died” (from Don Mclean’s song “American Pie”). I’ve sometimes wondered what Buddy Holly’s music would’ve developed into had he lived. The same can be said for so many others-Eddie Cochran, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, yet we will never know. Perhaps if they had lived we might be disappointed by their current “smooth jazz/quiet storm/bad synthesizer” attempts as old men. Or maybe they’d be rockin’ the house with great back-up bands like Big Sandy & The Flyrite Boys or The Dap-Kings.
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