Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Day The Music Died

We've honored the sad date of February 3rd several times before in Forgotten Hits ...

Here are links to a couple of pieces we've run dating back as far as 2009:

My guess is that today it will be all-right for radio to play the music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper again (and I'm sure you'll hear Don McLean's "American Pie" at least half a dozen times today as well.)  Then, come Thursday, all these great tracks will disappear from the airwaves until they drudge them out next Feburary 3rd to spin them again.  What a shame ... this is music that deserves to be heard on a regular basis.

For something new this time around, we've got a link to a piece one of our favorite Chicago deejays, Bob Dearborn, did many years ago analyzing the lyrics to McLean's song ... you can read all about it ... or even listen to his radio special via a link on the site.

Frank B sent along these YouTube links as well, pushing for a new live Buddy Holly release ...

And, for more of what it's all about ...

And of course one of the big stories last year was the efforts of L.J. Coon trying to get the NTSB to reopen the investigation into the circumstances of that fateful plane crash.

LJ has sent us a whole new appeal which is WAY too long to run here ... but if you'd like us to email you a copy, just drop me a line at and I'll send it along.

Meanwhile, one of our FH Readers made the local news yesterday ... (notice how the newscaster erroneously reports February 2nd as the anniversary of "the day the music died") ... incredibly a coworker asked me on January 29th about "the day the music died" because he heard it on the radio on his way to work that morning that THIS was the anniversary of the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.  As I've mentioned here numerous times in the past, I shudder to think the way these important dates in rock and roll history will be remembered ... or, perhaps more accurately, FORGOTTEN ... in the future.  So sad.  (kk)