Friday, February 3, 2012

The day the music died

On this day in 1959 a private plane carrying Jiles Richardson (The Big Bopper) of “Chantilly Lace” fame, Ritchie Valens who sung “La Bamba” and Buddy Holly crashed shortly after takeoff killing all on board.  The tragic death of three major performers was the first of its kind in American music.  

The Historical Inebriant:  (rî)¹ Rye Whiskey

Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
Them good ole boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singing "This'll be the day that I die,
This'll be the day that I die."

Excerpt of “American Pie” by Don McLean

One of Holly's hits was "That'll be the Day"; the chorus of which contains the line
"That'll be the day that I die".

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