The Day The Music Died Lyrics and Meaning: American Pie Lyrics – Don McLean immortalized it in his epic song â€œAmerican Pieâ€ as â€œThe Day the Music Died.â€ The day in question is Feb. 3, 1959. The event â€“ the early morning crash of a small airplane just outside of Clear Lake, Iowa.
In addition to the 21-year-old pilot, three rock â€˜nâ€™ rollers â€“ Ritchie Valens, J.P. â€œThe Big Bopperâ€ Richardson and Buddy Holly â€“ who had just played the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake were killed on their way to Moorhead, Minn., the next stop on the 25-city Winter Dance Party tour.
The crash happened on February 3, 1959, after the 11th night of their Winter Dance Party tour through the Midwest. Holly chartered a plane because the band was tired and dirty and the next stop was in Moorehead, Minnesota. Waylon Jennings, who was part of the band, was supposed to be on the plane, but gave his seat to the Big Bopper, who had a cold. Valens won his seat in a coin toss.
Buddy Holly released only three albums in his lifetime. Nonetheless, he recorded so prolifically that Coral Records was able to release brand-new albums and singles for 10 years after his death, although the technical quality was very mixed, some being studio quality and others home recordings.
Holly’s simple demonstration recordings were overdubbed by studio musicians to bring them up to then-commercial standards. The best of these overdubbed records is often considered to be the first posthumous single, the 1959 coupling of “Peggy Sue Got Married” and “Crying, Waiting, Hoping”, produced by Jack Hansen, with added backing vocals by the Ray Charles Singers in simulation of an authentic Crickets record. “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” was actually supposed to be the “A” side of the 45, with the backup group effectively echoing Buddy’s call-and-response vocal.
The Hansen session, in which Holly’s last six original compositions were overdubbed, was issued on the 1960 Coral LP The Buddy Holly Story, Vol. 2. But the best “posthumous” records were the studio recordings, which included “Wishing” and “Reminiscing”.