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FEB. 3, 1959: THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED

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Originally broadcast on February, 3, 2017

TOPIC:  THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED:  REMEMBERING BUDDY, RITCHIE & BOPPER

On a cold and snowy evening on February 3, 1959 a single engine plane crashed in an Iowa cornfield, claiming the lives of three pioneering rock 'n' rollers -- BUDDY HOLLY, RITCHIE VALENS and J.P. RICHARDSON aka The Big Bopper.

That tragic day -- immortalized in song by Don McLean in "American Pie" as "the day the music died" -- is remembered on what was the 58th anniversary of the crash.   TOM LOUNGES plays songs from each of the late, great rockers, along with McLean's classic anthem, and chats to longtime professional Buddy Holly tribute artist KENNY JAMES via phone from Kentucky, where James now hosts an oldies and roots rock radio program.

Tom Lounges has been a region radio personality and a music journalist since 1979. For the last 35-years, he has been reporting on entertainment as a weekly columnist and feature writer for The Times newspaper. He was also publisher and editor of the monthly tri-state entertainment magazine ("Midwest BEAT Magazine") for over two decades, he has written hundreds of features for numerous national glossy magazines over the decades, and he wrote "Liner Notes" for over a dozen albums release by Sony Records.