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Arts & Culture

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.