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Track Listing
The Top 10 on “The Day The Music Died” was:
1. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - The Platters
2. The All American Boy - Bill Parsons
3. Donna - Ritchie Valens
4. 16 Candles - The Crests
5. Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
6. My Happiness - Connie Francis
7. Gotta Travel On - Billy Grammer
8. Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson
9. A Lover’s Question - Clyde McPhatter
10. Goodbye Baby - Jack Scott
The US Hot 100 3rd Feb. 1959
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Price £17.99
One of the greatest tragedies in rock’n’roll history occurred on the morning of 3 February 1959, when the aeroplane carrying Buddy Holly (aged 22), J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson (28) and Ritchie Valens (17) crashed shortly after take off from Clear Lake, Iowa, en route to Moorehead, Minnesota. A chartered Beechcraft Bonanza plane had been hired to transport the much-loved stars after their tour bus had experienced mechanical difficulties between stops on the Winter Dance Party Tour. However, shortly after take off, the pilot lost control of the aircraft in wintry conditions and came crashing down six miles northwest of the airport… Everyone on board was killed.To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the tragedy, Acrobat releases a special edition of its Hot 100 collections, which features the complete Billboard Top 100 chart for that week.Of the three artists who died that fateful day, only Valens had records in the chart, but the Hot 100 remains a fascinating snapshot of the time.Other artist appearing in the Hot 100 included: Fats Domino, Eddie Cochran, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Darin, Peggy Lee, Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, The Everly Brothers, Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, Johnny Mathis, Dion & The Belmonts, Conway Twitty, Link Wray and more.The 4CD release also contains a 12,000+ word booklet featuring background notes on every song.
Reviews For The US Hot 100 3rd Feb. 1959
Vintage Rock (Issue 41) - John Howard
“This excellent 4CD collection acts as a time capsule to sow exactly what was in the charts on that fateful day the music died…” ****
Record Collector (Issue 491) - Bob Stanley
“There’s a real education in this collection.”
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