I thought it appropriate to point out that this is the anniversary of one of the more tragic events in American musical history...
47 years ago now...February 3, 1959...as Don McLean later penned in his classic "American Pie", "The Day The Music Died.
After a stop in Clear Lake, Iowa on the now infamous "Winter Dance Party" tour, some performers decided against taking their freezing tour bus and chartered a plane to their next stop in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Among those killed in the ensuing plane crash were the great Buddy Holly, the "Big Bopper" and Southern California native Ritchie Valens.
All three were tremendous musical talents, but Holly especially was a musical genius for his time.
Among the ironies...Valens "won" his seat on the flight out of Mason City Airport by way of a coin-flip. As for the Big Bopper, he had developed a case of the flu on tour, erroneously thought to have been caused by riding on the unheated bus. The story goes that because of that, Bopper asked one of Buddy's bandmates...Waylon Jennings... to give up his seat on the plane.
When Buddy heard about this...he told Waylon "I hope your old bus freezes up." To which Waylon replied, IN JEST, "Well, I hope your plane crashes".
One can imagine how those words haunted Waylon over the years.
BTW...Much of the song "American Pie" refers to that fateful day.
"...Them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye singin' this'll be the day that I die...this'll be the day that I die..."