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The Day The Music Died

53 years ago today – Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper.

Take that, Newsweek


The city of Grand Rapids, Michigan responded to a Newsweek article calling GR one of America’s “dying cities” with conceivably one of the greatest production numbers ever, performed in one uninterrupted shot by what appears to be the whole city (actually only 5000 humans). For me it eerily segues from Moe’s Gettysburg Address post earlier today–death, rebirth, the triumph of the human spirit–plus it makes me want to go there:

Friday night oldie

In 1959, he was with Richie Valens and Buddy Holly when their plane went down – that day was later memorialized by Don McLean in his song American Pie as  The Day The Music Died.  Here’s hisself, The Big Bopper.