The Days the Music Died

River of Rock, February 2016

“The Day the Music Died” is the famous line from Don McClean’s classic “American Pie” which spoke of the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper on a fateful winter night in February 1959. Unfortunately, thus far in 2016 it feels like that day is repeating over and over again.

This chain of tragedies started with Motorhead bassist Lemmy Kilmister, who passed away 3 days before the New Year. Then there was the legend David Bowie, who lost his life just two days after releasing his album Blackstar in early January. A few weeks later, we were shocked to hear that the great Glenn Frey of The Eagles left this world. Finally there was Maurice White, the founder, composer, and vocalist of Earth, Wind and Fire, who lost his long battle with Parkinson’s on February 4th.

While each of these classic rock pioneers will be greatly missed, their contributions assure they will never be forgotten.

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  1. I think you did a great job picking out those gems. So many more for an honorable mention; like some Gilbert O’sullivan tunes or Night they drove old Dixie down, Joan Baez version. The great greats go on and on. Good job my friend I enjoyed the piece.

    • Thanks, Man.

      It was really tough narrowing it down to just nine as I started with over 20. My son Jake, helped a lot on this and even did a radio show which played most songs on the list.

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