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February 3, 1959 marked a tragic day for the new rock n’ roll movement. When a plane crash in Iowa resulted in the deaths of three major music pioneers: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “the Big Bopper” Richardson, the world was in shock. The famous Don McLean track “American Pie,” was written in tribute. On the song, McLean sings “the day the music died” in reference to February 3rd.
On a lighter note, on February 6th, 1945 the legend Bob Marley was born in Jamaica. But Marley isn’t alone in sharing that birth date with high acclaimed musical success, Marley shares his birthday with William Bruce Rose, Jr. Rose is more well known as Axl Rose, the lead singer of Guns N’ Roses (who was just named the third headlining act at this summer’s Governors Ball and sparked widespread controversy).
Today in 1988, the members of the Who (Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwhistle) reunited at Royal Albert Hall for a special appearance at the British Phonographic Industry awards. In the following year, 1989 the trio embarked on a 25h anniversary tour. The English rock band originally formed in 1964 to vast success. The band sold nearly 100 million records during the span of their career and charted 27 different top forty singles.
By Jeeyoon Kim