Re: OT Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings was Buddy Holly's bass guitar and band leader.
(another failed rocker turned to country music...)
The Winter Dance Party of 1959, was scheduled to play in remote locations throughout the midwest United States.
The tour headlined with the likes of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Vallens, and The Big Bopper AKA: Jiles Perry Richardson.
The three musicians and their bands toured in a run down bus with a poor heating system.
Because of these terrible circumstances, Jiles Richardson became ill with the flu.
When the tour rolled into Clear Lake, Iowa, Buddy Holly chartered a plane to fly him and his band to the next tour stop after the show.
When the show ended, Jiles approached Buddy's bassist, Waylon Jennings, and asked for Jennings' seat on the plane so that Jiles could get some rest and have time to schedule a doctors appointment.
Waylon agreed and gave his seat to Jiles so that he could visit a doctor and try to recuperate.
The plane took off from Mason City Airport around 1:00 a.m. on February 3, 1959.
The terrible winter weather turned suddenly and very quickly became a nightmare for the veteran pilot, and the plane plummeted to the ground 8 miles after it's takeoff.
(assuming now do to ice build up on the plane's skin, and icing of the fuel system)
The crash left no survivors. Jiles, Ritchie, Buddy, and their pilot, Roger
Peterson were all killed in the accident.
Waylon Jennings was not told of the accident, and heard about it on the radio as the tour bus was rolling into the next show.
Although intense pressure was put on Waylon, he would not preform without the lost trio.
He rarely commented on the crash, but when he did, he never failed to mention the pilot in the same breath as his lost friends.
Don McLean wrote a song about the death of the three pop icons, and about how lost the rest of the crew felt after the crash...
It was a #1 hit, and is still one of the all time most requested songs.
"American Pie" lamented the loss of the 'Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost' of Rock & Roll, and how lost the generation became after that crash...
(Still one of my all time favorite songs!)
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