February 3, 1959 was a very bad day.
3 Feb 1959, Page 1 – at Newspapers.com
I remember that day as a kid. Oddly, our taste ran more to the Big Bopper and Richie Valens than Buddy Holly. Don’t know why. Holly was really very good.
Oh my, how can anyone who was alive at the time forget.
I was a morning paper boy in Upper Darby, PA. It did make me shiver.
Hearing the news on the radio stations that played their music was much worse than reading about it in the papers.
And those radio stations were WFIL (560 on the AM dial), and WIBG (“Wibbage” at 990 on the AM dial, with Joe Niagara as the morning DJ).
And the Geator with The Heater, Jerry Blavat. He was on WDAS, methinks, but I usually had Joe Niagara on my bakelite on the outside, hot tubes on the inside, combination radio and space heater.
I think it was WDAS that also ran the “Rockin Jesus Hour” from the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Germantown or North Phila (my memories of this are less than detailed). I’d listen to that after coming home from the Presbyterian Church, where the sounds were much more sedate.
The song reminds me of the day our delusions of government were destroyed by the reality of Climategate emails in late November 2009.
I spent Independence Day in Clear Lake on my way to Minnesota once, and watched the fireworks show over the lake right in front of The Surf Ballroom. It was a memorable night of light and music.
Some things you can never forget.
De gustibus non est disputandum.
Buddy Holly – a real rocker.
Ritchie Valens – What a voice!
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