The Day Music Died
Mac Hendrix
"The day music died" was February 3rd, 1959. On February 3rd, music artists Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P Richardson were all killed in a plane crash. The song "American Pie" by Don McLean was essentially a tribute to this day. Buddy Holly, arguably the most famous of the 3, was only 22 when he died. Ritchie Valens was also quite famous, but he died only when he was 17. J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson also grew fame, and he died at 28. All 3 of these music artists were very young and were on the rise when they all tragically died. It changed the music industry at the time and forever because they were all so good and quite popular yet they were all so young, and because they were young who knows what or how they could have changed the music industry. Don McLean\'s song has many other metaphors relating to other artists in his song, but when he says "the day music died" he is relating to the tragic plane crash that killed 3 of the most popular rock artists in 1959.