February 3, 1959
That’s “the day the music died” according to Don McLean’s 1971 hit “American Pie.” The cryptic lyrics of the song refer to the Buddy Holly, a native of Lubbock, Texas, who has been hailed as “the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll.”
Skyrocketing to fame, Holly scored hit after hit for about a year and a half before his life was cut short at the age of 22 in a tragic plane crash outside Clear Lake, Iowa that also killed pilot Roger Peterson as well as fellow musicians Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson.
You may be surprised at how many of his hits you recognize over 55 years after his passing!
That’ll Be the Day