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History Rock & Roll Radio History: THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED, Feb. 3, 1959...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jonnie King, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. dadseh
    Joined: May 13, 2001
    Posts: 526


    Oh man! Im all teared up after reading this thread again, I was 14 at the time and Ritchie had a number one hit in Canada with "Oh Donna", well it was #1 with me since the gf's name at the time was Donna, we used to dance real slow and I held her close when they played it at the weekly highschool sock hop... jeez I miss her , she'd be a grandma today!! They played it here in AU on the radio last nite about midnite.
    Back in '59 I found out when I got home from school, mom told me about the crash, she was only 34 at the time and although she always said she didn't like this 'new fangled rock and roll' I think she shed a tear that day.

    just sayin!!......
    sniff,sniff.. jeez us old farts aren't sposed to feel like this after 53 years are we!!??
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2012
  2. Chrisbcritter
    Joined: Sep 11, 2011
    Posts: 1,852


    Five pages, and nobody's mentioned Buddy's '58 Impala?

    Back to the music... I've always enjoyed the music of Buddy, Ritchie and the Bopper even though I wasn't born until 1960. Give me one of their songs on karaoke night and I'm off and running with it (and don't need to watch the screen for the lyrics - know 'em by heart!). Best I ever did was singing "La Bamba" one night in a large, crowded bar with a lot of Latinos who were cheering at the end. I don't think I'm that great a singer but I guess they could tell how much I loved the song.

    Frankie Sardo, the fourth-billed opening act, is pretty well forgotten today compared to the others on the tour. He was promoting his first record "Fake Out" which to me wasn't all that great, but by 1962 he had a real nice song called "When the Bells Stop Ringing":

    It wasn't until 2010 that he returned to the Surf Ballroom and spoke publicly about the tour:
  3. swe64
    Joined: Nov 22, 2010
    Posts: 415


    we have a local radiostation called radioactive.103.9
    the have a 50-60 theme every sunday evneng 18.00-2000 and they play at least one buddy holly every time.
    im in my garage, working is easier every time the send this program.
    ken sweden

    Attached Files:

  4. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 18,500

    from Michigan

    I've slow danced to that one also......
    Great song!... :(
  5. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,460


    Cool. Never heard of this guy. Thanks for the links.
  6. LSGUN
    Joined: May 26, 2007
    Posts: 1,263

    from TX

  7. Jonnie King
    Joined: Aug 12, 2007
    Posts: 2,077

    Jonnie King
    from St. Louis


    You're right about Frankie Sardo, but, ironically, I always liked "Fake Out" and somewhere in my Archives I still have that single on ABC/Paramount. It was basically a regional-style hit and never attained "Top 100" status nationwide.

    The St. Louis stations at the time (KXOK/WIL) played it, and he was on Dick Clark's "American Bandstand". Glad he's still around to give us his memories.

  8. Jonnie King
    Joined: Aug 12, 2007
    Posts: 2,077

    Jonnie King
    from St. Louis



    [​IMG] ...this year commemorates the 54th Anniversary of the plane crash that cost the lives of BUDDY HOLLY, RICHIE VALENS, and, THE BIG BOPPER, on February 3, 1959.

    If you've not heard this rare Newscast Bulletin from that day, or, read the Info on the Special Tribute Page that i've installed on the HOF Legends Website, here's the Link once again:

    It's not very long, but it is a very important piece of History. To this very day, the music of all three affects every Hot Rodder, Custom Car Guy, Trucker, Biker Cat, and every one who Cruises in anything...around the World.

    My best to all...and thanks for the memories to Buddy, Richie, and, J.P.

  9. titus
    Joined: Dec 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,054


    Last year on the way to the hamb drags i finally made it down to the crash site to pay my respects, RIP
  10. big bad john
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 4,727

    big bad john

    ...Very sad day.......think I'll make a road trip this summer to the crash site to pay my respects
  11. gtnrkix
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 706


    Clear Lake Iowa is a pretty little midwest town, right on a lake. They have a great July 4th celebration, too. The Surf ballroom is a must see for any rock and roll fan. I tear up every time I stop there. You can feel the greatness in the air, a lot of other famous musicians have played there as well and they have done a wonderful job keeping it as it was in 1959. Walking out to the crash site on the anniversary is a moving experience as well.
  12. I remember that day vividly. I was a big fan of Richie Valens, being from southern California and having at the time a girlfriend named Donna. As they say, "the day the music died". Thanks, as always Jonnie, for the reminder...
  13. NickJT
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
    Posts: 640

    from S.E. PA

    What the hell you talkin' about? The music never died. I listen to that all the time.

    In Philly we have the Geator with the Heator, among others. Thanks for keeping Rock 'n Roll cranking.
  14. black 62
    Joined: Jul 12, 2012
    Posts: 1,895

    black 62
    from arkansas

    that was the day i started reading magazines back to front---liked them love their music
  15. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,955

    from Illinois
    1. 1940 Ford

    7th grader at the time, remember it well. I still have some scratched up 45's of their great music.
  16. I ve got some pictures takin that night backstage at the ballroom of these three guys an old widow gave me that no one has seen but her n me n i jus wish i was smart enough to post em! rip Buddy n the boys!
  17. eppster
    Joined: Jan 26, 2011
    Posts: 223


    This happened not all that far from where I grew up. The only Rock And Roll station we could get in the daytime was out of Fort Dodge, Iowa and they had performed there a few dayes before. They had been wound up all week about these guys totally involved with their apperance and suddenly had to announce their death. The D.J.'s were emotional and played their songs all day long. If I remember they even sent a reporter up to Clear Lake. The next day the Des Moines Register had a picture of the balled up wreck of the plane leaving no doubt that anyone could have lived thru the crash. Too sad for a 13 year old to cope with.
  18. Tony
    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
    Posts: 7,350


    Some day i will make a trip to Clear lake to visit the Surf, and the crash site..
    Huge loss...... R.I.P.

  19. NickJT
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
    Posts: 640

    from S.E. PA

    Hey, bud. I sent you a PM here offering to post those photos for you if you email them to me. See the PM. If you don't, no problem, I understand. Thanks in any case.
  20. Model T1
    Joined: May 11, 2012
    Posts: 3,309

    Model T1

    Oh how I remember that day. Married 1 1/2 years and drove my 49 Dodge coupe playing Rock-N-Roll all the time. Wife and I used to go to Clear lake, Iowa fishing and camping before the accident. Made the trip several times later to visit the crash scene and the dance hall.
    A piece of us died when rock-n-roll died. But it never really died. We listened that day in February all day long. It finally returned and continues through my old radio speakers.
  21. Jonnie King
    Joined: Aug 12, 2007
    Posts: 2,077

    Jonnie King
    from St. Louis

    Thanks, Grumpy. I've had a few girlfriends through the years that were named Donna, and honestly, since I still have my original 45 rpm of "Donna", I always remembered Richie whenever I was with 'em. His future, like Buddy's, would have gotten better as he aged.

  22. JP sang a lot of songs, not just "Lace"
    FYI - its Charles Hardin Holley
    Richard Steven Valenzuela
    I remember the day....I walked into my kitchen to see my mother crying and telling me there was a bad plane crash that some great singers had died.
    As a photographer in the '80's one of my assignments was to get some shots of the memorial plaque, all three times (over a period of two years) it was sleeting or raining. I even named my german schnauzer, Buddie Holly
  23. Thanks for posting (and bumping) this thread.

    Born in '65, and getting in to R'n'R in my teens, watching the film La Bamba first really explained the story of the tragedy.
    I treat myself to Buddy's music between the more boisterous Perkins and Cash tracks on my ipod.
  24. This all happened the month before i was born.The Big Bopper also wrote Running Bear but died before he could record it,so we wasnt to be a one hit wonder. I play drums in a Rock n Roll band and it gives me a buzz when we do any of thier songs,they are ALL so cool. JW
  25. You can't help but wonder what direction rock n roll would have taken had they, as well as Eddie Cochran, lived. Would the "British invasion" have had as much influence or would Elvis have the career that he did.
    They would of had mega careers, I'm sure.
  26. 59KUSTOM
    Joined: Nov 16, 2007
    Posts: 912


    Grump: By 1959, Elvis was already The King.
    perfect20: That movie was mostly Hollywood fluff. Pick up a copy of Buddy Holly by
    Ellis Amburn.
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  27. Jonnie King
    Joined: Aug 12, 2007
    Posts: 2,077

    Jonnie King
    from St. Louis

    Thanks ! The Bopper was also a well-known D.J., as most know, but he also discovered Johnny Preston and got him signed to the label that he was with, Mercury. That's when Preston recorded Bopper's "Running Bear". I also was playing drums in those days, and "Running Bear" was always one of our most requested numbers. As well as the one's by Buddy & Richie.

    In the early days that I played, I packed my drums into my Dad's '54 Plymouth Belvedere 4dr. to do my gigs. Then in August of 1960, I got my '58 Thunderbird HT (you can see it in my Album Section) and loading a full set of drums in the T-Bird was an adventure all its own !

    AlSO, Eugene Vik sent me a PM reminding me that The Shadows, who substitued for Buddy, Richie, and, The Big Bopper, after the crash, are still playing at car shows and doing the songs of Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly, et al, and keeping the memories alive...said they did two show this past weekend.

    One of Eugene's old HS Classmates, Wayne Louchou, is with the group, and an original member, Dick Dunkirk, is still there too ! Congrats to them for sure ! Glad to know they are still working and letting all relive those memories !

    BTW: The lead singer of The Shadows was Bobby Velline - Bobby Vee - and that was really the big start of his career.

  28. Thats all very,very cool info. So many artists back then were riding the coat tail of these guys and they filled the gap and got thier shot.But how cool was it that Buddy,Richie and so many others invented thier sound that is still copied today. My band is playing a 65th birthday next weekend and i know there will be plenty of thier music.Oh and Rock n Roll revial !, its never neaded it.Cheers, JW :)
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2013
  29. bobw
    Joined: Mar 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,364


    I saw them on January 28th at the Prom Ballroom in St. Paul, MN. So tragic.
  30. i wasnt breathing until april of 70 but my uncle has a huge collection of 45's and we used to listen to them and the first time i heard that'll be the day, peggy sue, rave on, etc i was hooked loved buddy holly still do

    the more i hear the music that for whatever reason isnt as well known the more i realize how far ahead of his time he really was and what a huge loss it was that cold night in iowa in 59

    i like elvis also but i think buddy should of been king elvis' music was more geared to getting the girls all gaga buddys' music was more true rock and roll for the sake of rock in roll

    the man may have died ,but his music NEVER will n

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