On February 3rd, 1959 the music world lost three of its pioneering rock and roll performers. Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens died when their plane crashed after a concert near Mason City, Iowa which was immortalized in the Don McLean classic “American Pie”.
Oldies CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, will salute their legacy with special programming this weekend. On Friday’s “Blue Plate Special” airing at 12 noon, Wayne Stevens will play 5 back-to-back songs by the artists in tribute to the last concert the three stars would perform on their “Winter Dance Party Tour” February 2nd in Iowa.
Then, throughout Saturday and Sunday music from Buddy Holly as well as the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens will be spotlighted, including tribute songs like “American Pie” and others.
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