Word Press asks what do you remember about the day you were born?

Obviously I don’t remember any of it, but the big news item of the day was the plane crash that killed musicians Buddy Holley, J.P.The Big Bopper Richardson, and Ritchie Valens.

The artists were on a tour of the mid west that included Waylon Jennings and Tommy Allsup. After riding in a tour bus with no heat for a few days, Holly decided to charter a plane. Wayton was on the plane when The Big Bopper stuck his head in the door; Waylon gave up his seat.

An 18 year old Ritchie Valens had never been on a plane and flipped a coin with Allsup to see who would get the seat…Allsup lost. He died just a few years ago. His son was a contestant on the competition reality show “The Voice”.

It was a cold and snowy night with limited visibility. The plane took off with a less than fully qualified pilot who lost sight of the ground just a short distance from the airport. The plane crashed in the early hours of February 3rd but was not discovered until after dawn.

The lives of three young budding musicians was cut short and later named “The Day the Music Died”. Don McLean went on to to record the smash hit song “American Pie” which references the events of that day.