National Day the Music Died Day:
National Day the Music Died Day was marked on 3rd February 1959 and is celebrated the same date annually to observe the regrettable and inapt death of three artists that died.
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Why National Day the Music Died Day?
The day commemorates the regrettable passing of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J. P. Richardson who was popularly known as “The Big Bopper.” The three artists were victims of an airplane accident that saw the 22, 17, and 28 year old die.
It is remembered in honor of the three singers and has been echoing through more than 50 years to this day. Pilgrimages are made on a yearly basis to the last destination where the singers performed, Clear Lake in Lowa, as well as in the resort town that is located nearly 110 miles to the North of Des Moines, which was the site where they held their final performance before the unfortunate event happened.
The day is also commemorated to signify the fateful incident in the year 1959 when the lives of four very promising talents in the music space were lost, together with the promise they had shown so far. The National Day the Music Died Day is so significant that it formed the theme for the American Pie song by Don McLean in honor of the deceased band.
How can we celebrate National Day the Music Died Day:
You can celebrate by doing any of the following activities, or all:
- Playing the band’s music
The best way to observe the National Day the Music Died Day is by playing some, if not all of their music and watching their performances online. This will serve as a way of celebrating their music as well as their contribution to the music arena long after their demise.
- Observing a moment of silence
Another way of celebrating this day is to observe a moment of silence wherever you are, in respect to the four lost lives, including the pilot, on that fateful day. A moment of silence accompanied with a silent prayer and will wish will go a long way in keeping the memory of the three amazing music talents in the minds and hearts of music enthusiasts, and the other people who were entertained or touched by the three artists.
- Visiting the site of the plane crash
You can also make a point of visiting the site where the accident took place. Surprisingly, many people gather at this site on the 3rd of February every year to stand with the families, friends, and colleagues of the three singers and remember them together so you will not be alone.
- Posting on social media
You can also observe the National Day the Music Died Day by posting on different social media platforms using the #NationalDaytheMusicDiedDay. This will raise awareness and help bring people to remember the three amazing singers and the pilot of the plane. It would also go a long way in revitalizing their music thereby making it known even to the generations that have come long after their demise.
Interesting facts about National Day the Music Died Day:
Among the interesting facts to note about includes:
- The day inspired Don McLean’s American Pie hit song.
- This day is a celebration of their lives and their contributions to the music industry.
History of National Day the Music Died Day:
The day the music died follows an event when the trio was out on tour having played at the renowned Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. Richie, Richardson, and Buddy were en-route to their Moorhead, Minnesota which was their next tour destination. For this part of the tour, the three singers boarded a charter plane as an alternative to the tour bus and Richardson had traded sitting positions with Waylon Jennings. Shortly after the plane took off, they went unreachable on the radio and never reported to their destination, an action that later had the charter plane reported as missing. The following day, the singers’ plane was discovered about 6 miles North-West of the cornfield airport, and after further investigation, it was revealed that the accident was a consequence of detrimental weather that caused the pilot to lose control.