By STEPHANIE TAYLOR
The music, in fact, didn’t die.
As recalled by Oldies 1150 morning show host and program and music director, Ted Yates, it was the “first tragic accident in rock ‘n’ roll history.”
The plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. ‘the Big Bopper’ Richardson, and the pilot, Roger Peterson on Feb. 3, 1959, shook the music scene.
The three musicians killed were in the midst of the Winter Dance Party tour throughout the United State’s Midwest. The tour stopped in Clear Lake, Iowa, for a performance at the Surf Ballroom. After the performance, the three musicians boarded a Beechcraft Bonanza charter en route to Fargo, N. D.
The plane never made it as it crashed in a bean field just six miles northwest of the airport.
Buddy Holly, who had parted ways with his band, the Crickets only a short time prior, had acquired Tommy Allsup, Carl Bunch and a young Waylon Jennings to join him on the tour.
Many who were alive during that time, instilled the memory on those around them.
“I think this is the biggest point that my Dad was always making about this day is the fact that these revolutionary musicians, who were all killed, could have changed the music we know today,” says Steve Matthews, of Fonthill, whose father was a lifelong Buddy Holly fan.
While he was only 10 when the tragedy occurred, Niagara-on-the-Lake native Neil Matthews held the music of Buddy Holly close to his heart until the day he died. He would tell the story of the accident to his boys, Steve and George, countless times while they were growing up.
“Dad truly believed Buddy was a genius songwriter and one of the real pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll.”
All three rock n’ roll artists were so young (Holly, 22, Valens, 17, and Richardson, 28) some could wonder what they would be doing today.
David Georgeff, a on-air personality for Brantford, Ont.’s CKPC since 1974, believes that Buddy Holly “would still be making music. Maybe not recording, but producing.”
The tragedy is still recognized today, with a tribute concert taking place every year at the Surf Ballroom, as well as the music of Holly, Valens, and Richardson on oldies stations throughout the day.
“Here, we will play lots of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and I’ll throw Chantilly Lace [by the Big Bopper] in there,” says Yates.
“Any oldies station will take a moment to think about it,” says Georgeff.
“So many people were influenced by their music, including the Beatles. If you listen to the Beatles’ early recordings, you can hear the influence.”
The day has been immortalized in the 1971 Don McLean song, American Pie. The song sparked new interest in Buddy Holly and ultimately led to the making of the 1978 biopic The Buddy Holly Story starring Gary Busey.
To show just how much influence Buddy Holly had on the life of Neil Matthews, who passed away in July of 2009, here’s a story his son George recalls hearing numerous times:
“Their cold tour bus was a piece of shit, and they had a 380 mile trip ahead of them on the Winter Dance Party Tour. The Beechcraft Bonanza Aircraft only held four including the pilot (who was barely qualified). Some were sick with a cold, so management decided to book a plane for the headliners.
Buddy had been annoyed that Jennings had given up his a seat on the plane after he went through so much trouble to book it. A throw-away comment by Jennings to Holly was the last they said to each other.
‘Well, I hope your old bus freezes up,’ Holly said to Jennings.
‘I hope your old plane crashes,’ he retorted.
By contrast, Valens was terrified of flying. In 1957, whilst Valens attended his grandfather’s funeral, two jet planes collided over his school, killing three of his classmates and injuring over 70. That fateful night on February 2, 1959, at the encouragement of his management (who feared Valens would be too ill to perform if he endured another night on the bus), he reluctantly asked Allsup if he would flip a coin.
“We all know what happened in that farmer’s field.”
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