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The Day The Music Died Or Did It?

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Buddy Holly

February 3 1959 was immortalised in the song ‘American Pie’ by Don Maclean as “the day the music died”. It was the day on which Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash in Iowa.

Eight years later Joe Meek the eccentric, and sometimes brilliant, record producer shot himself after shooting dead his landlady at his flat in the Holloway Road. Two years John, George and Ringo signed a management deal with Allen Klein, while Paul opted to go with his father-in-law Lee Eastman. This was a year to the day after recording Lady Madonna, which was four years after they arrived in NYC to begin their first US tour.

Two years to the day after Buddy Holly died Bob Dylan recorded his first song, San Francisco Bay Blues. On the positive side a number of rock and pop people have been born on February 3. On the same day as Buddy died. Lol Tolhurst of the Cure was born. In 1947 Dave Davies of the Kinks and Melanie were born. A year later Ozzy, although his mum called him John, Osbourne let out his first wail…

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