In a small Cornfield in NW Iowa a small private plane crashed and changed the face of Music as we know it..
Killed that fateful night were three of the brightest stars on the Rock N Roll Music scene..Buddy Holly, JP Richardson and Richie Valens...All three were young and on top of the charts...
Buddy Holly had 14 top ten hits in 18 months.. a feat never matched by anyone else in the Rock N roll industry..not Elvis, not the Beatles..although estranged from his band the Crickets in the fall of 1958.. Charles Hardin Holly was still popping out hits and had scored big with "That'll be the day" " Peggy Sue", "Rave On" "Oh Boy" "Everyday" .. all written and performed by him..
Richie Valens real name was Ritchie Valenzuela..had just burst on the music scene appealing to hispanics with his unique style of vocals and rhythms.. His guitar playing and song writing skills were something /american teens had not heard before...He had scored big hits with the ballad " Oh Donna" "La Bamba" and numerous other up and coming on the charts..
Jp Richardson (The Big Bopper) Was a Texas DJ who recorded a Gimmick album for lack of a better term.. He didnt know how to play any instruments but he had a booming bartione voice that would light up any crowd.. "Chantilly Lace" was his only hit..
The Face of Rock music was changed forever that night..If you look back in history..American Music entered into a deep dark hole of Bubble gum rock and Dick Clark POP..Elvis was gone too, in the military and never really came back...this was the time of Fabian and Bobby Darin..
I firmly believe that on that night the door was opened wide for what would be called the British Invasion which in my opinion has never stopped... the beatles, the who, the rolling stones all re-recroded Buddy Holly songs on their early albums and most even give him credit for playing music in the first place and being influential on their styles..
As the British Invasion continued and progressed thru the harder edged Blues rock of Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix..The Yardbirds, Cream, led Zeppelin American Rockers continued to be few and far between.. it took American born and based rockers "The Doors" to actually bring some attention back to our native born artist...Jimi Hendrix of course was seatlle born and bred but left and moved to England where he honed his skills and formed his band before coming back for the Great festival period from 1967-1970...The other movement going at the same time was the Vietnam protestors like Crsoby Stills Nash and Young but just like Simon and Garfunkel their brand of Rock N roll just didnt compare to what the Boys across the pond were filling our ears with..
And then again tragedy hit the american music scene with the loss of Morrison , Hendrix and the bluesy Janis Joplin.from late 1970-1971..
So today...as you go about your busy day..Turn on the Oldies station wherever you live or goto a music store into a listening booth... Give a Spin to Buddy Holly, Ritchie valens or the Big Bopper.. You Might here something familiar there...
I have visited both the crash site and the home of Buddy Holly.. His music still gets me geared up every morning... and Today is his day...Buddy Holly Lives!!! Thru you.. just give him a listen!!!