The Evolution Of Chris Montez

I remember when the news broke about the 1959 plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson), along with the pilot. But I didn't realize at that time how Valens' death affected the Chicano rock movement. Valens was the undisputed star of the Hispanic pop music world. … Continue reading The Evolution Of Chris Montez

The Sixth Passenger – Hawkshaw Hawkins

I've written before about the 1959 plane crash at Clear Lake, which claimed the lives of three rock and roll stars -- Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper. I've also written about an eerily-similar accident that occurred a few years later, one involving country music headliners Cowboy Copas and Patsy Cline. But there … Continue reading The Sixth Passenger – Hawkshaw Hawkins

After Clear Lake — Bobby Vee

Bobby Vee (Robert Thomas Velline) April 30, 1943 - October 24, 2016 Having written recently about the infamous 1959 Clear Lake plane crash that claimed Buddy Holly and the others, I thought it might be worth mentioning one more of the era's singers who also had a connection with the event. You might even say … Continue reading After Clear Lake — Bobby Vee

The Third Passenger At Clear Lake

I suppose it's just a microcosm of life itself, but pop music is filled with haunting stories and senseless tragedies. One of those occurred in 1959 at Clear Lake, Iowa, when a plane crash took the life of the pilot and his three passengers. It's been immortalized as 'The Day the Music Died', but most … Continue reading The Third Passenger At Clear Lake