Monday, February 3, 2014

The Day The Music Died

 Hello, Dear Ones!
I'm still on a little blog break but I just couldn't let today pass without helping you to remember 
The Day The Music Died.
Since I follow every post with a Note Song I had to remember the lives and the music of 
Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper
who were killed in a plane crash, February 3, 1959.

February 3rd, 1959: Within minutes of takeoff from the Mason City, IA Airport, at around 1:00 AM CST, the chartered Beech-Craft Bonanza airplane No. N3794N containing Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper crashes into the Iowa countryside, killing all three in addition to pilot Roger Peterson. The plane, headed for the next "Winter Dance Party" tour stop in Fargo, ND, had been chartered by Holly in order for the band members to travel in heated comfort and to arrive early for their next gig.
When he learned that band member Waylon Jennings, who would eventually become a country star in his own right, had decided to take the freezing bus instead, Holly had joked, "Well, I hope your old bus freezes up." Jennings joked back, "Well, I hope your plane crashes." Another Holly band member, Tommy Allsup, flipped a coin with Valens for the last available seat, losing the coin toss. Valens exclaimed, "That's the first time I've won anything in my life!"
Pilot Peterson, not having been informed of worsening weather conditions, decided to fly "on instruments," meaning without visual confirmation of the horizon, which led to the crash. The tragedy was later immortalized as "The Day The Music Died" by Don McLean in his famous song "American Pie."


Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

The Day The Music Died

A long, long time ago
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they'd be happy for a while

But February made me shiver
With every paper I'd deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn't take one more step

I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died

So bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin' "This'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die"

Did you write the book of love
And do you have faith in God above
If the Bible tells you so?
Now do you believe in rock and roll
Can music save your mortal soul
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?

Well, I know that you're in love with him
'Cause I saw you dancin' in the gym
You both kicked off your shoes
Man, I dig those rhythm and blues

I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck
But I knew I was out of luck
The day the music died

I started singin' bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin' "This'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die"

Now for ten years we've been on our own
And moss grows fat on a rollin' stone
But that's not how it used to be
When the jester sang for the king and queen
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean
And a voice that came from you and me

Oh, and while the king was looking down
The jester stole his thorny crown
The courtroom was adjourned
No verdict was returned

And while Lenin read a book on Marx
A quartet practiced in the park
And we sang dirges in the dark
The day the music died

We were singin' bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin' "This'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die"

Helter skelter in a summer swelter
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter
Eight miles high and falling fast
It landed foul on the grass
The players tried for a forward pass
With the jester on the sidelines in a cast

Now the halftime air was sweet perfume
While the sergeants played a marching tune
We all got up to dance
Oh, but we never got the chance

'Cause the players tried to take the field
The marching band refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed
The day the music died?

We started singin' bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
And singin' "This'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die"

Oh, and there we were all in one place
A generation lost in space
With no time left to start again
So come on, Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack Flash sat on a candlestick
'Cause fire is the devil's only friend

Oh, and as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in Hell
Could break that Satan's spell

And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Satan laughing with delight
The day the music died

He was singin' bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
And singin' "This'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die"

I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
I went down to the sacred store
Where I'd heard the music years before
But the man there said the music wouldn't play

And in the streets, the children screamed
The lovers cried and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken

And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died

And they were singin' bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin' "This'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die"

They were singin' bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
And singin' "This'll be the day that I die" 
~ sung by Don Mclean





11 comments:

  1. Such a tragic loss! Thank you for the reminder,it was the Day The Music Died! Oh Shelia, I was so happy to see your name come up on my blogroll! Hurry back sweet pea!
    Nancy

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  2. I don't really recall the news of that plane crash as a 9 year old, but I do remember singing along to Buddy Holly's songs as my 8 year older sister listened to them on the radio. I certainly remember "The Day the Music Died" as being a very long song when played in it's entirety. They always played the short version on the radio though. I had forgotten that that is what the song was about - the plane crash and the deaths of those young music men. So tragic. Enjoy your break! Blessings. Pamela

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  3. What a sad story. I looked the song up on Youtube. Thank you for sharing It was so nice to see you out of break but enjoy the rest of it xoox Grace

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  4. I was so happy to see a post from you!! Thanks for the reminder, I didn't realize it was today. SO sad. Thanks for all the words to this song too. XO

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  5. I was only 2 when this happened, but my brother and sister certainly remember. As time has gone on, I have become a huge fan of his music. Do you know that both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were influenced in a major way by his music? Both bands also did covers of some of his songs. We just watched "The Buddy Holly Story" with Gary Busey. 1978 movie and Busey does a great impression of Holly, and even does his own singing. I do, however, remember very well "American Pie", and could recite it from beginning to end. It was huge when I was a teenager, and it was a while before I was able to decipher who each of the famous people where in that song. Richie Valens and The Big Bopper and Buddy Holly all had their lives cut too short. In my humble opinion, I do believe that Holly would have been bigger than Elvis, had he lived.

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  6. I've always liked this song and remember when it came out. Our local radio station was mailing out copies of the lyrics to anyone who wrote in and asked for them. I wish I still had my copy.

    Happy to see a post from you sweetie! xo

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  7. I'm old enough to remember this tragic incident. It was a sad day indeed.
    Hope you are enjoying your break………..Sarah

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  8. I've heard about this, but didn't know the connection to the song. Thanks for the lesson, and hope you are still enjoying a peaceful break.

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  9. Oh my, I had forgotten. I was 19 years old and a part of our hearts died that day. It was a wonderful time to be a teen. Life and the music was perfect. I was so sad to hear that Phil Everly died in January. He was too young. I absolutely loved their music and harmony.
    Thanks for the memories, xoxoGinger

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  10. I watched La Bamba recently. I love rock music. And that song by Don McC. is one of my favorite songs ever. I was a teenager when it came out.

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  11. I was born a few days later after this happened but oh have I sang and danced over the years to this music! Loved this post. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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