The Day The Music Died

In the past few years we had quite a lot of the  big tragedies in the music industry. We lost big hip hop artists, bands separated and pandemic slowed down everything. We even have an age 27 which a lot of artists fear. But before everything was a big tragedy in the entertainment industry that was called “The Day the Music Died”.

The artists of “The Day Then Music Died”

This event was really devastating to all the world. We lost really important artists in rock ‘n roll and modern music: Richie Valens, Buddy Holly and  “The Big Bopper” J. P. Richardson. All of these musicians were really young and made big moves with their careers. Ritchie Valens made songs like “La Bamba” and “Donna”. He was a pioneer of Mexican rock (Chicano rock) and was only 18. Buddy Holly opened a few times for Elvis Presley, and was part of the big band “The Crickets”. He was a central and the pioneering figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. The Big Bopper best known compositions include “Chantilly Lace” and “White Lightning”, the latter of which became George Jones’ first number-one hit in 1959. We can see that this day a big tragedy happened and we lost really inspiring people.

Background “The Day Then Music Died”

The Background of this tragedy is interesting as well. Buddy Holly left “The Crickets” and he needed to go touring again, because he didn’t have money after his  ex manager stole from him and his wife was pregnant. As well he signed up with General Artists Corporation (GAC) because he wanted to be part if British tour. New artists: Richie Valens and J. P. Richardson joined him to promote their recordings and make an extra profit. They were touring with not the best busses, it was really cold. Richardson and Valens began experiencing flu-like symptoms and drummer Bunch was hospitalized for severely frostbitten feet. Bus broke down in the middle of the road so they had another bus. Moreover, the drummer was hospitalized. After this plane crash happened near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with pilot Roger Peterson.

This day is called “The Day the Music Died”, after singer-songwriter Don McLean referred to it as such in his 1971 song “American Pie”. Young artists died that had much potential to make this generation even more important to the music industry.

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