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The Day the Music Died

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About The Day the Music Died

When is The Day the Music Died? This observance is always on February 2

The Day the Music Died Day commemorates the untimely death of singers Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper. These three Rock singers died in an airplane crash on February 3, 1959. at the height of their popularity.

Every generation has their music idols. These three were among the top of the 1950’s generation. Those who grew up in the fifties mourned the premature deaths of their music idols. Memorials and remembrances occurred for years. Today, many websites are memorializing their deaths, and detailing the events before and after the tragedy.

 This day is an observance, rather than a holiday. The term “holiday” implies a celebration. The death of these three musicians was nothing short of tragic. So, let’s mark this day in recognition of the silencing of the voices of these great singers in their prime.

Donny McLean's "American Pie"

In 1971, singer-songwriter Donny McLean released his hit song “American Pie”. In the song, the phrase “the day the music dies” is frequently repeated. It refers to the untimely and tragic deaths of Buddy Holly Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper. 

The song American Pie was a huge success and is often played on Rock and Roll radio stations to this day. 

Ways to Participate in The Day the Music Died

  • Listen to the music of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper. It is readily available online.
  • Learn more about their lives.

Todays Quote

“Music should strike fire from the hearts of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.” – – Ludwig van Beethoven

History and Origin ofThe Day the Music Died

We know that this observance originated on that fateful day on February 3, 1959. Those who came of age listening to these three great artists in the 1950s and 1960s immediately marked the anniversary of their death. As a result, it became an annual observance for decades. 

More February 3 Holidays

Here are more February 3 holidays to celebrate and enjoy:

Feed the Birds Day 

National Carrot Cake Day

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