Thursday, October 23, 2008

Today is the day the music died...again

As far as most of us are concerned, once that plane went down, the Crickets ceased to exist.

Most of us are wrong, as The Music's Over notes:

After the death of Buddy Holly, the Crickets used various lead singers on their records. One was David Box who sang lead on the Crickets’ recording of “Peggy Sue Got Married”.

I didn't even know that there was a song called "Peggy Sue Got Married." (For the record, I've never seen the film, but my wife says it's good.)

The Music's Over records a number of details about Box's recording career, but ends with this sad note:

Summer Girl never charted nationally but did well in several regions especially Houston when it went top 10 in all radio playlists. This was partly due to Ray Rush, having moved to Houston to work for the International Artists label, promoting the disc. Taking advantage of the situation David flew to the city for a few interviews and gigs. He worked with local band Buddy and the Kings. Buddy Groves vocal/guitar, Carl Banks bass and Bill Daniels presumably on drums. Daniels was a qualified pilot and the quartet hired a Cesna Skyhawk 172 to take them to a gig in Harris County on October 23, 1964. The plane crashed nose first and overturned on the return flight. There were no survivors.

If I were a Cricket in 1964, I think I would have pioneered Madden forms of transportation - anything but a plane.
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