54 years ago today (February 3rd) was “the day the music died”.
Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper - along with their pilot Roger Peterson - died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. The accident was caused by poor weather conditions and pilot error.
These three were pioneers of American rock and roll, and musician Don Mclean later popularized the day they died as the day the music died. His song “American Pie” is meant to symbolize the way the early rock and roll generation lost their innocence with this crash and the aftermath of it. Take a few minutes, listen to some of their songs, remember the music. - val