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3rd Feb 2009, 11:17
Fifty years ago today, Buddy Holly was killed in an aircrash at Clear Lake, Iowa, aged 22.

He died along with Ritchie Valens and JP "The Big Bopper" Richardson.

I wonder what musical direction he would have taken had he lived ?


3rd Feb 2009, 11:31
And fifty years ago today I joined the Army!

3rd Feb 2009, 11:44
BBC ON THIS DAY | 3 | 1959: Buddy Holly killed in air crash (http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/3/newsid_2802000/2802541.stm)
The Day the Music Died - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_the_Music_Died)
YouTube - ritchie, buddy & big bopper NEWS FALSH (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=jTL01MRs_7o)
YouTube - Oh Donna - Ritchie Valens (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=gWNJuyK3PK0)
YouTube - La Bamba (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=PK2HANwsUWg)
YouTube - Buddy Holly Live in New York With Peggy Sue 1958 (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=lhgO8rZs1Fg)
YouTube - Buddy Holly - It Doesn't Matter Anymore (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=VdtqTWH0lxU)
YouTube - Raining In My Heart - Buddy Holly (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=94sJYhfoPC0)
YouTube - Buddy Holly - True Love Ways (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=5x9PPtPmoy4)
YouTube - Chantilly Lace - The Big Bopper (1958) (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=aqp1qz4Jb1c)

YouTube - Buddy holly, Ritchie Valens & Big Bopper tribute (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=NRznjvaZ3Sk)
YouTube - Don McLean: American Pie (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=S6uEjifqTaI)

3rd Feb 2009, 12:02
Man, what I wouldn't give to play Peggy Sue on Buddy's strat.

Buddy Holly & The Crickets.com - Restoring Buddy's 1958 Stratocaster (http://www.buddyhollyonline.com/guitar.html)

3rd Feb 2009, 14:02
I was amazed at what great shape the guitar was in considering its more than forty years old...I'd be amazed too, considering it would also have been in the baggage bay when the plane crashed.

Not that being very collectable and thus VERY expensive is a factor in the story... :suspect:

3rd Feb 2009, 14:09
That axe'd be very collectible irrespective of who owned it.

green granite
3rd Feb 2009, 14:26
CAB report on the crash

Civil Aeronautics Board Report on the Crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper (http://www.fiftiesweb.com/cab.htm)

3rd Feb 2009, 15:10
Pound of flesh?
Personal effects, Charles Holley
Cash $193.00 less $11.65 coroner's fees - $181.35

3rd Feb 2009, 18:49
I'd be amazed too, considering it would also have been in the baggage bay when the plane crashed.
Nah - more likely it was on the tour bus with the other guys on the tour. It was a horrible bus, so cold that one of the musicians got frostbite, which is why some of the guys were willing to pay a lot of money to fly, and risk flying in a small plane at night in winter, rather than take that bus... :bored:

3rd Feb 2009, 20:20
No wonder he sang like that, the poor bugger only had half a brain :uhoh:

4th Feb 2009, 00:32
Sad to see that Dave Dee died the other day - no longer holding tight as he bends it on the way to Xanadu....

Probably only meaningful to brits of a certain age....:hmm:

4th Feb 2009, 03:55
And a few Ozzies too reynolds.

Xanadu (the real one - not the ONJ substitute) was the first video clip I can remember ever seeing.

4th Feb 2009, 04:38
You saw video in 1968 Cooda? :hmm:

4th Feb 2009, 06:32
On the old black & white telebiz in our front room near Melbourne, tinny.

Late 60's/early 70's sounds about right. Mob of blokes hanging around a dusty old ruined mission building out in some desert; one of 'em cracking a whip occasionally.

Song just hit a chord for some reason. :8

Probably filmed on Brighton Beach in Engerlund but. :E

Got their greatest hits cd too. :p Sits next to the Buddy Holly's Greatest Hits cd.

4th Feb 2009, 21:50
You're a legend Cooda - Dave Dee was a police cadet and one of the 1st on the scene of the car crash that killed Eddie Cochrane. Apparently he retrieved Eddie's guitar and kept it safe before returining it to the family...

I must get out more....:hmm:

4th Feb 2009, 22:22
Cochran died in a traffic accident in a taxi
The taxi driver, George Martin, was convicted of dangerous driving, fined 50, disqualified from driving for 15 years, and sent to prison for six months
Gene Vincent survived the crash, Vincent sustaining injuries that would shorten his career and affect him for the rest of his life.

One of his (Cochran's) posthumous releases was "Three Stars", a tribute to J.P. Richardson, better known as The Big Bopper, and Eddie's friends Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, who had all died together in a plane crash just one year earlier. Cochran's voice breaks during the lyrics about Valens and Holly.

4th Feb 2009, 22:51
Here you go (http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUAG0ZkzX50)

4th Feb 2009, 23:36
On February 5, Eddie Cochran became the first person to record Three Stars. Cochran had been close friends with Ritchie Valens
Three Stars Page (http://www.tsimon.com/threestars.htm)