Today is the 50th anniversary of the day the music died. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper (J.P.Richardson) were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.
Bits of trivia: Buddy Holly wanted to do his laundry before the next show and the laundromat in Clear Lake was closed. He decided the band should give up the bus and fly to the next town to save time......and he could wash his clothes. The Bopper was on the plane because he was feeling ill and asked Waylon Jennings to give him his seat on the small plane. Ritchie Valens flipped a coin with Tommy Allsup for the last seat. Dion DiMucci didn't want to pay the $36 for the ticket as he'd heard his folks argue about their $36 rent. He didn't feel he should spend a month's rent on a plane flight.
And now, one of the main reasons I can't remember what I walked downstairs for. Because I still know all the lyrics to this song: