The Day the Music Died – Indian Ink on a Watercolour Moleskine – This sketch after a photo on Wikipedia.

Can it really be 50 years since Buddy Holly perished, in a plane crash, along with two other fellow performers? Buddy’s music has proved to be so influential on what we listen to and has guided many of today’s stars on their careers. Does anyone, in Europe, remember the “Record Hop” which went out, on Radio Luxembourg, late on Friday evenings, hosted by Gerry Wilmot? I recall Ruby Murray’s “Three Stars” tribute to Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, being played on this station. It seems a long time ago. Of course, one of the most iconic songs resulted from this incident:

And in the streets: the children screamed,
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed.
But not a word was spoken;
The church bells all were broken.
And the three men I admire most:
The father, son, and the holy ghost,
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died.

Don Mclean – American Pie