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Today in Media History: Delivering news about Buddy Holly and ‘the day the music died’

Industries / Media : Media Wire

In February 1959, a paperboy delivered newspapers with a story about a plane crash in Iowa. About a decade later, the paperboy, Don McLean, described the day in his song, “American Pie.” He began by remembering the papers he deliver...

Why Buddy Holly Mattered

Music / Jazz : JazzWax

Most people know that Buddy Holly died in an air crash in February 1959. They also know that the crash and its aftermath were the inspiration for Don McLean's 1971 hit The Day the Music Died. Still a mystery to...        

February 3rd, 1959

Academics / Philosophy : Maverick Philosopher

The day the music died. Three days before, Bobby Zimmerman of Hibbing, Minnesota heard Holly and friends play the Duluth Armoury, died, and was reborn as Bob Dylan. Or so the story goes.

Electric Apostasy: The Day Bob Dylan Died

Arts / Art History : Art Blog By Bob

For the 1950s’ generation, “the day the music died” was February 3, 1959—the day when the plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and “The Big Bopper” crashed. For the 1960s generation, however, “the day the music died” was July...

This day in music - February 3, 1959: The day the music died

US Politics / Liberal : The Reaction

By Richard K. Barry Ritchie Valens J.P. Richardson " The day the music died" is what Don McLean called it in his song "American Pie." February 3, 1959, in a small-plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, Buddy Holly, J.P. "The Big Bopper"...


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