The Day the Music Died


“Because Ritchie Valens WAS the real deal. He was only starting, but in the time he spent in the business he made big impact. I don’t know if anybody could have made a bigger one.”                                    -Waylon Jennings


“Death is very often referred to as a good career move.” – Buddy Holly


 “Their airplane registered on the radar of the 789th Air Force Radar Station located near Omaha for a few sweeps. Long enough for the Search Radio Operator to contact me and notify me of the appearance of a new target. As movements and Identification Operator my job was to identify every radar return as Friend or Foe. I had enough time to realize the blip was moving away from our site, so it was a Probably Friendly, and before we could set up a track on the board, the blip faded from sight. Some time later, before the crash site was found, we were asked if we had seen it. The last location was given and in effect, we were the last to see Rock and Roll, before they and their music died.” – Willis S. Cole, Jr.