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May 11, 2024


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Does Eddie Cochran get a half vote?
Car crash on way to airport.

David Rosenfeld

Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and some other members of Lynyrd Skynyrd (1977).

Dean Emeritus Jim Rosenblatt

Also dying in the crash with Buddy Holly (who was no longer with the Crickets at that time) and Ritchie Valens was J.P. Richardson also known as "The Big Bopper" who recorded the hit record "Chantilly Lace."

Red State Kulander

Randy Rhoads, a riffmaster


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Robert Clarke

Although not a crash, Stan Rogers was killed in a fire on a plane.

Richard Zitrin

Since we have a helicopter crash in this mix (Stevie Ray), we might include a non-musician but major music impresario, Bill Graham.

Steve L.

Good addition, Richard. My first ever lawsuit was against Bill Graham for wrongfully kicking me out a legendary Grateful Dead concert in 1971 at the Berkeley Community Theater:

I was awarded $18.25 ($4 x 4 tickets + $2.25 court costs) in San Francisco small claims court. I feel sort of badly about it now, though I wish I'd saved the check.

David Rosenfeld

A couple of interesting sidelights: Waylon Jennings was a member of Buddy Holly's band (yes, that Waylon Jennings), and was supposed to be on the ill-fated flight but gave up his seat at the last moment to the Big Bopper who had the flu. And there are many unconfirmed stories that Eric Clapton was supposed to be on the copter with Stevie Ray Vaughan, but plans changed at the last minute (Vaughan was the opening act for Clapton at the concert).

harold hawkins

technically Rick Nelson burned to death. The plae landed safely. Ritchie Valens won a coin flip and was on the fatal flight with Buddy Holly.

Glad you remembered Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins (the tallest country artist at 6'6"), two minor lights of the C&W genre

here's my favorite Copas song:

Free speech and democracy  for me but not for thee

Anon: but TFL is so much better now; Lubet allows us to comment on his music videos!


Not sure, but I think Don McLean is not dead.

Bill Goodison

Don Mclean is indeed alive but the music died


In a plane crash?

Bill Goodison

Yes, the music died in the Buddy Holly plane crash

How many musical references can you find in the lyrics?

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