Today in History
Today in History
Today is Sunday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2019. There are 331 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 3, 1959, rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.
On this date:
In 1690, the first paper money in America was issued by the Massachusetts Bay Colony to finance a military expedition to Canada.
In 1811, American newspaper editor Horace Greeley was born in Amherst, N.H.
Winter Dance Party rocked Kenosha before deadly plane crash
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Ten days before the music died, rock 'n' roll was alive and well in Kenosha.
Teen heartthrob Buddy Holly joined rising stars Dion and the Belmonts, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson for the second stop of the infamous Winter Dance Party tour on Jan. 24, 1959, at the Eagles Ballroom.
"A long, long time ago …" is how the song began. The classic Don McLean hit memorialized "The Day the Music Died" as a riddle within a song for all the ages to hear. "American Pie" is a history of America and the rock 'n' roll movement, and might be the most memorable song of the era.
“Not Fade Away: The Ultimate Buddy Holly Experience” comes to the Palace Danbury
Buddy Holly was a rising star when he died in a plane crash, along with Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (the Big Bopper). Don McLean refers to the tragedy in “American Pie,” as “the day the music died.”
But fortunately that music lives on, thanks in part to high energy performers such as Jared Mancuso, who created and stars in “Not Fade Away: The Ultimate Buddy Holly Experience.”
Guitarist who avoided Buddy Holly plane crash dies at 85
HOUSTON (AP) — Tommy Allsup, a guitarist best known for losing a coin toss that kept him off a plane that later crashed and killed rock 'n' roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson, has died. He was 85.
Allsup, died Wednesday at a hospital in Springfield, Missouri, due to complications from a hernia operation, said his son Austin Allsup, a singer and musician, on Thursday. He had been hospitalized since early this month.
They started as a garage band in East Los Angeles back in 1973, and went on to win multiple Grammys as Los Lobos.
In 1987 they became a global phenomenon, thanks to their cover of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba.” They’ve been touring the world ever since, and will stop in Connecticut on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at The Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company.
Singer Bobby Vee recalled as ‘ambassador of joy’ at funeral
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Pop singer Bobby Vee was given a musical farewell at his funeral with an instrumental version of his No. 1 hit "Take Good Care of My Baby."
Vee was remembered as an "ambassador of joy" Wednesday as hundreds of mourners gathered at St. John's Abbey Church in Collegeville. Vee was 73 when he died last week of advanced Alzheimer's disease.
Minnesota funeral set for Bobby Vee, 1960s pop star
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Fans will say a final goodbye to 1960s pop star Bobby Vee next week.
Vee died Monday of advanced Alzheimer's disease at age 73. He had been in hospice care in Rogers, northwest of Minneapolis, in recent weeks.
Vee's funeral will be held Wednesday at noon at St. John's Abbey Church in Collegeville. Visitation is set for Tuesday.
1960s pop singer Bobby Vee has died at age 73
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pop idol Bobby Vee, the boyish, grinning 1960s singer whose career was born when he took a Midwestern stage as a teenager to fill in after the 1959 plane crash that killed rock 'n' roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, has died. He was 73.
The story by now is so familiar. Young Charles Hardin Holley, nicknamed Buddy, blasts out of Lubbock, Texas, to become a pioneering and influential rock ’n’ roll performer and songwriter. His death at age 22, in a 1959 airplane crash that also claimed the life of J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Ritchie Valens, is widely remembered as “the day the music died.”