The Friday Five: The Day The Music Died

This is more of a “Two For Tuesday Times Three.”

On this day in 1959, a plane carrying Charles Hardin (Buddy) Holly, Richard Steven Valenzuela (a/k/a Ritchie Valens), and Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr. (a/k/a The Big Bopper) crashed just after takeoff in Clear Lake, Iowa, killing the three of them and the pilot, Roger Peterson. But you already knew that, because Don McLean sang about it and radio stations played it into an EBS Special (which wasn’t Don’s fault; he had a number of hits, including “Vincent,” “Castles In The Air,” and “Dreidel”).

It’s amazing how young these three guys were: Holly was 22, Valens was just 17, and Richardson, the oldest of the three, was 28.

So, as a tribute, two songs each by “The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.”


That’ll Be The Day Holly’s lone #1 hit, from 1957.

Everyday The flip side of “Peggy Sue,” which reached #3 later in ’57.


Donna Reached #2 in 1958; its flip side was “La Bamba.”

We Belong Together An album cut from his eponymous first album, released posthumously in 1959.


Chantilly Lace His one big hit, from 1959; it reached #6 in 1959.

White Lightning Was a #1 hit for George Jones. Richardson also wrote “Running Bear” for Johnny Preston, and “Preacher and the Bear,” the flip side to Jerry Reed’s 1970 single “Amos Moses.”

And that’s the Friday Five (plus a bonus) for February 3, 2017.