Episode: Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll_080

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This episode pays tribute to Buddy Holly, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson & Ritchie Valens whose tragic deaths in a plane crash occurred on February 3rd, 1959. It’s been called the day the music died. 

We believe the best way to honor them is to reconstruct, as much as we can, the set-list they and the other artists – Frankie Sardo, as well as Dion & The Belmonts, performed with them at their final concert in Clear Lake, Iowa the previous night – February 2nd.

Our very own “Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll” host emeritus, Al Mitchell, was a teenager in 1959. And he was at that dance party. You’ll hear his remembrances. We’ve also found some radio broadcasts from the following morning that reported the sad news. 

And we’ll sample some tribute tunes that were quickly issued in the aftermath of the crash as eulogies to all three singers. 

So, come with us back in time as we relive the evening before and the day the music died.

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