Today in History

Today in 1959, rock and roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.
from the sidelines feature in the (Idaho Falls) Post Register

The original rock & roll stars. They were doing the same kind of music as Elvis, but years earlier. How did their deaths change musical history?

If you’re wondering what this has to do with anything, the answer is not much. I like their songs, when I’ve heard them, and I’m a huge fan of American Pie, by Don McLean, that’s supposedly about them, at least in part.

And if you haven’t already, be sure and read Soul Music, by Terry Pratchett. One of his DiscWorld series, it is a parody of Buddy Holly set in Ankh-Morpork, DiscWorld. A very good story, and an excellent spoof of the entertainment industry. I love the surprise ending.

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