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Wednesday, 3 February 2010

The Day the Music Died

 although the 50th anniversary of the so-called “day the music died” (we all know who said that… and for the younger ones: it WASNT madonna!) is itself already a year ago, we wont forget about buddy holly and the other two stars we lost that night, namely j.p. richardson (aka the big bopper) and ritchie valens.
many people celebrate the myth of the great “27ers”, those are jimi hendrix, janis joplin and jim morrison (sometimes kurt cobain, and perhaps any other musician that coincidentally died at 27 are counted among them aswell), who died young and at the very height of their carriers. many people moan that these three died so incredibly young, but most of them dont know or dont care that holly and especially valens were even younger when that accident killed them – the first one only being twenty-two and the latter only seventeen – and at that tender age holly had already created the “soil” that a whole, fruitful direction in music would grow from and influence a lot of other genres to this day. thatll be the day was one of the first songs that john lennon learned to play on his banjo before …

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