Today on Throwback Thursday we remember the “day the music died”. This week marks the 54th Anniversary of the tragic and untimely deaths of Rock & Roll founders Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. Richardson. These music pioneers were among the first to introduce the world to the new sounds of Rock & Roll in the late 1950’s and were all on the path to success (and indeed had already achieved it) when their small plane crashed in a blizzard on a short flight from Mason City, IA to Fargo, ND. Valen’s death was especially tragic. 17 years old and only eight months into his career, he had already achieved fame with his hit song La Bamba.
It might have been better to choose one of Buddy Holly or Ritchie Valens songs, but I thought it would be more appropriate to showcase Rock & Roll’s most famous tribute to the day the music died. I am confident that you all have at least heard Don McLean’s “American Pie,” even if you don’t have all the lyrics memorized (which along with Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the really the most important song to be able to sing along with when it comes on the radio – so get on that). However, if you haven’t had a chance to check out the rest of the album, I encourage it. The music is fairly low key, but the lyrics really are great and make it one of my favorite all time albums.
Don McLean – American Pie
Also, find a version that doesn’t have the horrible sound quality of a youtube video and listen to that too. Then tell us what you think of it.