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The Place Where the Music Died

By Craig McManus. Posted in Pop, Rock | No Comments »


I admit it.  I have a little Clark W. Griswold in me.  So when the family was taking a trip down Interstate 35 to Omaha, NE for a wedding, I informed my wife and toddler that we would be making a stop in Clear Lake, Iowa for a little Americana road side experience.  This particular road side experience, however, is a little macabre as well as a two parter: 1) The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, where Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. Richardson, a/k/a The Big Bopper, played there final show; and 2) the cornfield just north of town where their plane went down killing each of them as well as the pilot Roger Peterson.  That’s right, we were exploring “The Day the Music Died”.

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