- Jan. 29, 2014
-- In his legendary 1971 song, “American Pie,” Don McLean immortalized it as “the day the music died.” That infamous day, during the early morning hours of February 3, 1959, a chartered aircraft crashed into an snowy Iowa
cornfield. On board were Buddy Holly, J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, Richie Valens and the pilot, Roger Peterson. No one survived the tragedy.
To commemorate the 55th anniversary of that fateful day that will always be a defining chapter of rock and roll history, MyBestYears.com offers exclusive Interview Spotlights of Tommy Allsup (Buddy's guitarist on the final tour), Carl Bunch (Buddy's drummer on the final tour), Jimmy Clanton (who replaced Buddy for the remainder of the 1959 Dance Party Tour) and John Mueller (who performs a remarkable Buddy Holly portrayal on recent Dance Party Tours).
Tommy Allsup's story is especially intriguing for it tells, once and for all, what really happened with the coin toss between himself and Richie Valens. He says, "When I went back in to look around before we took off, Richie said, 'Come on, guy, let me fly.' I don’t know why to this day why I suddenly pulled out the half-dollar, flipped it and said, 'Call it.' Just like that he said, 'Heads!' Sure enough, it was heads. So I went back out to the car where Buddy and the Bopper were waiting and told Buddy, 'Hey man, Richie's flying in my place. I'm not going.'"
Each of these exclusive features add another facet to the already legendary story of that fateful day in early 1959.