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June 12, 2008

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kim

Well, if there hadn't been a Waylon and Willie.....I just don't know.
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MikeS

I know this is the wrong song, but it's the right song.

Sweetie

Oh, but the music is very much alive. EVERYTHING is better - sound (remember typical stadium concert sound from the 70s?), breadth of delivery vehicles, breadth of styles available to the ordinary Western citizen, talent discovering vehicles........about the only thing you might say is that previous eras were more innovative.

It would be a shame if we, as a group/nation/world, were living in the good times to only realize it long after it was gone.

Crunchy Frog

The first thing you have to realize about the good old days is that they weren't very good.

Danube of Thought

It's gotta be either Richie Valens, Buddy Holly or the Big Bopper--all three died in a plane crash in '58 or '59, and the event was widely understood to be the genesis of "American Pie" by Don McLean.

I'm doing this without benefit of Google, so I'll go there right now and report back with corrections.

The fact that he says "made popular" suggests it is probably Richie Valens, whose hit was "La Bamba," which he didn't write. Holly wrote all his own stuff, and the Big Bopper's only hit was "Chantilly Lace," which I think he wrote himself.

Sue

I always thought the day the music died referred to all 3 of them, not one in particular.

Danube of Thought

That song does refer to all three of them, but the song in question is one that was popularized by one of them.

MarkO

Buddy Holly was the music, the others were just singers. La Bamba is the song. Three chords with indefinite lyrics.

dimley

MacLean praising Elvis?

dimley

PeterUK

Of those who,tragically,died in the crash only Buddy Holly was of seminal importance."Chantilly Lace" was standard R&R rhythm and blues and "La Bamba" was a traditional Mexican song.
"Peggy Sue" by Buddy Holly and the Crickets was written by Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison, and Norman Petty,so it could qualify.

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