Monday, February 2, 2009

The Day The Music Died, February 3, 1959

Texas Monthly February 2009

Searching for the ghost of Buddy Holly in Clear Lake, Iowa.

it came out of the sky about five miles north of Clear Lake, Iowa, and slammed into the frozen earth. The right wing dug a six-inch-deep furrow for 57 feet as it disintegrated into bits of fabric and metal. The fuselage bounced hard, careening and ripping apart over the next 500 feet while the nose gear, door frame, and tail cone were all smashed loose and scattered, until what was left of the red Beechcraft B35 Bonanza finally came to rest against a barbed-wire fence at one end of a long, empty cornfield. It was just past 1 a.m. Deep inside the twisted mass was the body of the pilot. Outside lay the bodies of three young men who had been thrown from the plane at more than 100 miles per hour. They had all been killed on impact, their bodies broken, their heads smashed open. Keep Reading Here and Here

Hat Tip Janet Crain History Chaser. Listen to Buddy Holley Here

Don McClean performing American Pie on Imus In The Morning
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