‘Day Music Died’ show pays tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper

Published on Thursday, 16 February 2017 13:43 - Written by

DANNY MOGLE, danny@inmagtexas.com

On Saturday night, The Big Sandy Music Hall, 100 S. Tyler St., will host “The Day the Music Died.” The show pays tribute to the late Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, three rockers who seemed destined for greatness.

Most of us know about their tragic ending.

After a joint performance in Clear Lake, Iowa, on Feb. 3, 1959, Holly, Richardson and Valens climbed aboard a three-passenger plane that Holly had chartered.

The plane crashed a few minutes after takeoff for reasons that are unknown. All three and the pilot were killed.

Holly, Valens and Big Bopper are credited with having a large impact on the winfluence on the early development of rock as an energized form of music.

In his 1971 hit “American Pie,” Don McLean makes reference to their deaths as “The Day the Music Died.”

Shea Birdwell plays Buddy Holly, who is best remembered for his hit “Peggy Sue;” Rafael Espinoza portrays young Ritchie Valens, who had a big hit with “La Bamba;” and Gib Maynard plays The Big Bopper, who, in 1958, hit the charts with “Chantilly Lace.”

“The Day the Music Died” is set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15.