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AMERICAN PIE  Don McLean Recorded in 1971, and released that year on the album of the same name, the single was a number one hit for four weeks in 1972. The song is in itself a history of rock and roll that starts with the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. Richardson, Jr. (The Big Bopper) in a plane crash in 1959, and ends in 1970.
Tags: american  pie  don  mclean  music 
Added: 19th August 2007
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Posted By: Naomi
50 Years Since The Day The Music Died Tags: 50  years  the  day  the  music  died  Ritchie    Valens    Big    Bopper    Buddy    Holly     
Added: 3rd February 2009
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Posted By: Cliffy
DION AND THE BELMONTS Then and Now In 1957 the group formed when Dion DiMucci joined The Belmonts - Carlo Mastrangelo, Freddie Milano, and Angelo D'Aleo - in late 1957. In 1958 they recorded 'I Wonder Why', which made it to #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and Dion and The Belmonts appeared for the first time on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. This success won Dion and the Belmonts their first major tour in late 1958, with The Coasters, Buddy Holly and Bobby Darin. This was followed up by the 'Winter Dance Party' tour with Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. On February 2, 1959, after playing at Clear Lake, Ohio, Dion decided that he couldn't afford the $36 cost of a flight to the next show. The plane crashed, Buddy Holly and the other stars were killed. Even after that time the hits kept coming for the group. In 2004, Dion gave a live performance at the Tropicana in Atlantic City with Dion (lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitars) Butch Barbella (keyboards, backing vocals), Louie Colleti (backing vocals), Jamie "King" Cotton (sax, percussion, backing vocals), Al Korosy (lead guitar), and Charlie Powers (drums, vocals.) Though this performance wasn't with the Belmonts, Dion sounded just like we remember him after 47 years! He's keeping R&R and Doo-Wop alive!
Tags: i  wonder  why  dion  dimucci  and  the  belmonts    butch  barbella  louie  colleti  jamie  king  cotton  al  korosy  charlie  powers 
Added: 26th December 2007
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Posted By: Babs64
Running Bear Written by the Big Bopper, and here performed by Johnny Preston.
Tags: Johnny  Preston  Running  Bear  Big  Bopper 
Added: 9th February 2008
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Posted By: donmac101
Chantilly Lace The Big Bopper
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Added: 21st April 2008
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Posted By: Marty6697
Peggy Sue Wow, I'm only in my 40s, but it seems hard to believe Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper have been gone for over 50 years now! This is an appearance The Crickets made on Arthur Murray Dance Party in 1957. Some American Bandstand compilations include this video, despite the fact that it wasn't actually performed on the show. According to Dick Clark, Buddy Holly and the Crickets only appeared once on AB, in the fall of 1958, playing the song Heartbeat, and that the footage of that single event was destroyed sometime in the 1970s. Sad news indeed. That AB episode was Buddys last TV performance before the tragedy.
Tags: BuddyHolly  PeggySue  1957 
Added: 1st April 2009
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Posted By: nbmike
Rock and Roll Heaven-Righteous Brothers Sadly updated
Tags: Rock  and  Roll  Righteous  Brothers  Heaven  Michael  Jackson  Elvis  Presley  Jimmy  Hendrix  John  Lennon  Richie  Valens  Big  Bopper  Janis  Joplin  Queen  Freddie  Mercury  Otis  Redding  Jim  Morrison  Sonny  Bono  George  Harrison  Johnny  Cash  Bob  Marley  Ray  Charles  Robert  Palmer     
Added: 28th June 2009
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Posted By: Old Fart
Blanskys Beauties - 1977 Sitcom Flop After being part of two successful TV series in the early 1970s, Nancy Walker had two sitcoms in which she played the starring role cancelled in the same 1976-77 TV season. In September 1976, The Nancy Walker Show premiered. In it Walker played talent agent Nancy Kitteridge who was learning to live with her husband who had been away at sea for most of their 29-year marriage. The show bombed and was cancelled before New Year's Day. Undeterred, ABC cast Walker in another sitcom. This time she played Howard Cunningham's visiting cousin Nancy Blansky from Las Vegas on the February 4, 1977 episode of Happy Days. Blansky's Beauties premiered eight days later. In this show Nancy Blansky was a Las Vegas showbiz vet and current den mother to a bevy of beautiful showgirls. In addition to keeping order in the chaotic apartment complex where they all lived, Nancy staged the girls' big numbers at the Oasis Hotel. (Strangely, the Happy Days episode on which Nancy first appeared took place circa 1960, yet Blansky's Beauties was set in 1977.) Sixteen-year-old Scott Baio played the role of a "12-year-old going on 28." Eddie Mekka from Laverne and Shirley was also part of the cast. Blansky's Beauties ran for just 13 weeks before being axed. Recalled once critic, "This show had every 1970s teeny bopper element aimed to appeal to the lowest intellect and thus make it a hit--except this time cute boys and inane, jiggly, dumb blondes were not enough to cover for horrible scripts, contrived situations, bad acting, and unbelievable plots. The show tried to be a spin-off/tie-in to Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley (or at least ride on their successes) by utilizing actors - most notably Eddie Mekka and Scott Baio - from those shows and making the title role the cousin of Happy Days' Howard Cunningham. Having Nancy Walker as its star, scantily-clad bimbos wiggling around the set, and pretty boy co-stars to elicit screams from young girls in the audience, however, could never have saved it from itself. This show is a best-forgotten footnote to bad television."
Tags: Blanskys  Beauties  sitcom  flop  ABC  spinoff   
Added: 20th August 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Buddy Holly Plane Crash This is a photo montage of the plane wreck that killed singers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (a.k.a. The Big Bopper) early on February 3, 1959. Pilot Roger Peterson also was killed. The three musicians had performed at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA the night before and were headed to Fargo, ND, the closest airport to their next stop on their tour--Moorhead, MN. They decided to leave ahead of the rest of their group because of their dislike of the cold touring bus and to get their laundry done. The ages of the deceased foursome make this tragedy truly sad: Holly was 22, Richardson was 28, Valens was 17, Peterson was 21. Investigators attributed the crash to pilot error (specifically inexperience with the Bonanza aircraft's altitude gauge) combined with bad winter weather. The crash was neither seen nor heard by anyone on the ground. Investigators calculated it occurred about four minutes after takeoff from Mason City's small airport. The charter plane's owner became concerned when Peterson did not report his flight plan after takeoff which he said he would do. The wreckage of the plane was found in a farmer's corn field about nine hours after the crash. All three singers had been thrown from the plane while Peterson's body was trapped in the twisted metal. In a strange and morbid twist, nearly half a century later in 2007 Richardson's body was exhumed to satisfy the curiosity of his son (who hadn't been born at the time of the crash). He had heard wild rumors that his father may have actually survived the crash and had been shot to death! The well preserved corpse of Richardson--with its perfectly cropped flat-top hairstyle--showed that death was instaneous due to countless fractures consistent with an airplane crash victim. Richardson's son spent several minutes "visiting" his father whom he had never known.
Tags: Buddy  Holly  plane  crash  Ritchie  Valens  Big  Bopper 
Added: 27th August 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Buddy Holly Memorial Monument to Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper). Location: About 8 miles north of Clear Lake, Iowa
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Added: 3rd February 2015
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Posted By: Music Maiden

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