Buddy Holly & Waylon Jennings: Day the Music Died

One day in early 1959, Buddy Holly playfully told Waylon Jennings (then playing bass in Holly's band, the Crickets) that he hoped Jennings' bus would freeze up. "And I hope," Jennings jokingly replied, "your plane crashes."

Tragically, these were among the last words which Jennings ever spoke to Holly, whose plane indeed crashed on February 3rd, 1959 (a date forever immortalized as "The Day the Music Died" in Don McLean's "American Pie").

[Jennings was devastated. "I really, truly, thought I'd caused it," he said. "For somebody about 19 years old, a little ole country boy... I quit playing music or anything." In fact, had there been enough room, Jennings himself would have been on the doomed flight; he gave up his seat to the Big Bopper.]

["Of the 321 well-known musicians who died prematurely in the glory days of rock 'n' roll, 40 were taken by drugs, 36 by suicide and a whopping 22 by plane or helicopter crashes. Thirty-five died in cars, 18 were murdered, nine drowned in their own vomit and five in their own swimming pools."]

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