Friday, February 03, 2006

February 3rd, 1959

from “the limitations of numerology

You’ve probably heard the phrase “the day the music died” and know it was the day that Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a small plane crash on the way to a gig. It was 47 years ago, today, and the wikipedia folks have an entry.

I didn’t know this:

'The Big Bopper had developed a case of the flu during the tour, most likely from riding on the unheated bus, and asked one of Buddy Holly's bandmates, Waylon Jennings, for his seat on the plane; Jennings agreed to give up the seat. When Buddy heard about this, his reply to Waylon was "Well, I hope your old bus freezes up!", to which Waylon replied, "Well, I hope your plane crashes!" This trade of words, though made in jest at the time, haunted Waylon Jennings for many years afterward.'