I was not even born when the music died, however I remember when my brother, later on, would play "American Pie" and sing it loud. I asked him what that was all about. My brother said that he wrote it because real music died with these guys. What guys? I said.

The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry Richardson Jr.) was age 28 when he died. He was with Buddy Holly (Charles Hardin Holley), age 22, and Ritchie Valens (Richard Steven Valenzuela), age 17. Their small charter plane went down over Clear Lake, Iowa, on Feb. 3, 1959. That is "The Day The Music Died."

Their music was spectacular and filled with fun and love. Not a mean bone in their bodies. Not any of the three got old enough to be depressed or become drug addicts. They were all very innovative and in fact, Buddy Holly was one of the first to multi-track his recordings.

But the question is, what do you think these three happy, loving and pure musical geniuses would think about Seattle music, grunge, heavy metal and rock and roll in general? Here are samples of their music and some Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam.

You decide.  I think they would be impressed with the things they have done on multi-track and the way the music is mixed. I think they would be completely disappointed in the lyrics and the way modern musicians conduct themselves.



Now depressing grunge.

Don McLean