The Day The Music Was Re-Born: 17 tracks in Memory of Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper

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Today, on the 50th anniversary of that plane crash (which took place Feb. 3, 1959 in a field just outside Clearlake, Iowa), rather than dwell on the “death” of the music, I figured it was more appropriate to revel in the lives of these talented musicians—especially the 22-year-old Holly and 17-year-old Valens—who never had a chance to fully mature, but, in their short time with us, still left behind more than most people do in an entire life.


Click here for That'll Be the Day (the Music Died): 50 Years Later, for artist commentary on Holly, Valens and Richardson from Paul Westerberg, Black Lips, Robyn Hithcock, John Doe, The Avett Brothers and many more.

Click here for a review of two Holly reissues, Memorial Collection and Down the Line: Rarities.

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