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Sixty Years Ago-The Day The Music Died

In the early morning hours of February third, 1959, a plane carrying Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper, along with pilot Roger Peterson crashed in a corn field in Iowa.  Back in 1990, my buddy (Gary Gutknecht) and I walked the barbed wire fence line just outside of Mason City Iowa and found the spot where the crash happened.  It was a lonely spot along the rusty wire.  The very same fence that was in the black and white photo taken the morning after that tragic night.  That was nearly thirty years ago and it does not seem that far in the past.  The event had happened just over thirty years before that.  For an elderly lady that lived on adjacent property to the field, she recalled all of the emergency responders that came by her house at daylight back in 1959.  It did not seem to her like it had been over thirty years.  On this weeks Those Were The Days radio show, I will be paying tribute to those three rock and roll pioneers who last played at the Surf Ballroom February 2nd, 1959.  I hope you will join us for our tribute and you can help us program the show with your requests.   There will be one trivia question per hour during the six hour rock and roll radio program.  The best of the fifties through the eighties will grace the airwaves on 100.9 Saturday night.

Phil

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