Today’s one of those not-so-happy days in music history, Bits and Bramblers. See, fifty years ago today, three of the world’s biggest rock and roll stars—Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. Richardson ( aka “The Big Bopper”)—were killed in a plane crash.
It’s hard to imagine something so tragic…I mean, the three of them were sort of pioneers of rock and roll music, and some of the first real rock stars ever. That’s probably why Don McLean dubbed it “The Day the Music Died.” Because it was such a huge loss, and it left their fans feeling so…hopeless.
But if there’s anything positive about something so tragic, it’s the fact that fifty years after the accident, we’re still listening to their music (which, by the way, is made of awesome.) There have been movies made about the lives of Buddy Holly and Richie Valens, and all three musicians have influenced thousands of others—everyone from The Beatles to Weezer.
And just in case you didn’t know? Don McLean wrote American Pie all about his favorite musicians. So…you could say that Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper also influenced The Jonas Brothers.
See for yourself..and feel free to sing along!