The Day the Music Died

Dave Marsh's Rock Rap Confidential just emailed an image of this poster for the Feb. 3, 1959, stop on the Winter Dance Party tour featuring Buddy Holly, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, Ritchie Valens -- all of whom died 50 years ago today when their plane crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa, on the way to the concert.

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As that great American poet, Don McLean, said:

A long, long time ago
I can still remember
How that music used to make me smile.
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And, maybe, they'd be happy for a while.

But February made me shiver
With every paper I'd deliver.
Bad news on the doorstep;
I couldn't take one more step.

I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride,
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died.

By J. Freedom du Lac |  February 3, 2009; 11:50 AM ET Appreciations
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