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THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED . . .

 
 
Setanta
 
Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 06:15 pm
In a few more hours, it will be fifty years since a Beechcraft light airplane took off from Clear Lake, Iowa with Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper (J. P. Richardson) and Richie Valens on board. They took off a few minutes after midnight, and a few minutes after that, the plane went down, killing the pilot and all three passengers. Waylon Jennings was a part of Holly's new back-up band, and Richardson convinced Jennings to let him fly in his place. The other band member tossed a coin with Richie Valens, lost the toss, and let Valens take his seat. Twelve years later, Don McLean wrote American Pie, with these lyrics:

A long, long time ago...
I can still remember
How that music used to make me smile.
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And, maybe, they'd be happy for a while.

But February made me shiver
With every paper I'd deliver.
Bad news on the doorstep;
I couldn't take one more step.

I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride,
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died.
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MontereyJack
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 06:17 pm
God, Buddy Holly was my first musical idol. He's still way up there. RIP
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Letty
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 06:21 pm
@Setanta,
Ah, Setanta. You just did one of my favorite songs by Don McLean. Hope you can do YouTube big guy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6uEjifqTaI&feature=related
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roger
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 06:21 pm
@Setanta,
I remember that day.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 06:25 pm
I loved those three guys. I still have some of their records from back then.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 06:27 pm
one of my favourites ways to start and end a mix tape/cd was an edit of american pie
i'd start with the intro

A long long time ago
I can still remember
How that music used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they'd be happy for a while
But February made me shiver
With every paper I'd deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn't take one more step
I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died


insert songs of choice
and end with

I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
I went down to the sacred store
Where I'd heard the music years before
But the man there said the music wouldn't play
And in the streets the children screamed
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken
And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died
And they were singing

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singing this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die
they were singing

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singing this'll be the day that I die


Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 06:29 pm
The radio started a show about this while i was posting. Right now they're playing "Rave On."

Little things you say and do
Make me want to be with you
Rave on, this crazy feelin'
And I know it's got me reelin'
When you say I love you, rave on

The way you dance and hold me tight
The way you kiss and say goodnight
Rave on, this crazy feelin'
And I know it's got me reelin'
When you say I love you, rave on

Rave on, this crazy feelin'
And I know it's got me reelin'
I'm so glad that you're revealing
Your love for me

Rave on, rave on and tell me
Tell me not to be lonely
Tell me you love me only
Rave on to me


(I'm sorry Miss Letty, i never learned to imbed YouTube stuff . . . maybe some kind soul will show up and help us out.)
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jespah
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 06:30 pm
@djjd62,
The song is so much about the sixties, which they never saw.

Rest peacefully, Buddy, Ritchie and Jiles.
Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 06:33 pm
My aunt was just 13 when i was born, so when i was a liddly, she and her girlfriends would play 45s on the wind-up record player she had, and my sister and i would dance around in that crazy way little kids have. We would dance to Bill Haley and the Comets, Carl Perkins, Elvis, Eddie Cochran . . . and when my aunt went off to college, we still listened to that old, degenerate rock and roll music. Buddy Holly was one my first great musical idols, too.
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jespah
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 06:33 pm
@jespah,
Youtube imbeds are easy. They look like this:

Code:[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWNJuyK3PK0[/youtube]

Which comes out like so:
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 06:40 pm
Thanks, Darlin' . . . let's give this a shot . . .



The Big Bopper does "Chantilly Lace." (Can you believe Dick Clark ever looked that young ? ! ? ! ?)

Hello baby, yeah, this is the Big Bopper speaking
Oh you sweet thing
Do I what
Will I what
Oh baby you know what I like

Chantilly lace and a pretty face
And a pony tail hanging down
That wiggle in the walk and giggle in the talk
Makes the world go round
There ain't nothing in the world like a big eyed girl
That makes me act so funny, make me spend my money
Make me feel real loose like a long necked goose
Like a girl, oh baby that's what I like

What's that baby
But, but, but, oh honey
But, oh baby you know what I like

Chantilly lace and a pretty face
And a pony tail hanging down
That wiggle in the walk and giggle in the talk
Makes the world go round
There ain't nothing in the world like a big eyed girl
That makes me act so funny, make me spend my money
Make me feel real loose like a long necked goose
Like a girl, oh baby that's what I like

What's that honey
Pick you up at 8 and don't be late
But baby I ain't got no money honey
Oh alright baby you know what I like

Chantilly lace and a pretty face
And a pony tail hanging down
That wiggle in the walk and giggle in the talk
Makes the world go round
There ain't nothing in the world like a big eyed girl
That makes me act so funny, make me spend my money
Make me feel real loose like a long necked goose
Like a girl, oh baby that's what I like



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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 06:43 pm
They made film bios of Buddy and Richie. JP got dissed. JP wrote songs for others to record, aside from Chantilly Lace and Big Bopper's Wedding. The best known was Running Bear, recorded by Johnny Preston.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 06:47 pm
Buddy's "Rave On" with some kind of goofy movie . . .

2PacksAday
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 06:56 pm
@Setanta,
Heh....that's cut from a movie called "Reefer Madness".....a very early attempt at anti-weed propaganda.....it's so bad that it's kinda fun to watch.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 07:01 pm
Cool, TwoPackShaker . . . i had forgotten all about that movie . . .

Here's Richie Valens doing "Oh Donna" live, against a photo montage . . .

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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 07:02 pm
Man . . . i could be in a high school gym right now, in my stocking feet, at a dance . . .
2PacksAday
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 07:16 pm
@Setanta,
My wife and daughter were watching a movie a few days ago called "Juno", it's about a teen girl that gets knock-a-did up...I was listening not watching, the soundtrack is pretty decent....anyway, I heard a Buddy song...figured it was just someone trying to sound like him...his style, sounded really good too. I just remembered that, so I looked it up, says it was Buddy....I guess I never heard that one before.

Track 4. Buddy Holly " "(Ummm, Oh Yeah) Dearest" (1:53)
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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 07:43 pm
One of my favorites is "Everyday"

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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 07:46 pm
Every day
It's a gettin' closer
Movin' faster
Than a rollercoaster . . .


Great tune, Boom, thanks . . .
2PacksAday
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 07:57 pm
@Setanta,
THREE STARS
(Tommy Dee)
EDDIE COCHRAN (Recorded 1959)

Look up in the sky, up towards the north
There are three new stars, brightly shining forth
They're shining oh-so bright from heaven above
Gee, we're gonna miss you, everybody sends their love

Ritchie, you were just starting to realise your dreams
Everyone calls me a kid, but you were only seventeen
Now Almighty God has called you, from oh-so far away
Maybe it's to save some boy or girl
Who might have gone astray
And with your star shining through the dark and lonely night
To light the path and show the way, the way that's right
Gee, we're gonna miss you, everybody sends their love

Buddy, I can still see you, with that shy grin on your face
Seems like your hair was always a little messed up
and kinda outa place
Now, not many people actually knew you or
understood how you felt
But just a song, just a song from you
could make the coldest heart melt
Well you're singing for God now, in his chorus in the sky
Buddy Holly, I'll always remember you with tears in my eyes
Gee, we're gonna miss you, everybody sends their love

I see a stout man, the Big Bopper's your name
God called you to heaven, maybe for new fortune and fame
Keep wearing that big Stetson hat and ramble up to the mike
And don't forget those wonderful words, you know what I like

Look up in the sky, up towards the north
There are three new stars, brightly shining forth
They' re shining oh"so bright from heaven above
Gee, we're gonna miss you, everybody sends their love
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