For a Lot of People

“THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED” was February 3, 1959, when a small-plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, killed three American rock and roll pioneers: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. But I was only four years old then. I remember this day a lot better — having seen this next band live myself (and on the same tour).

So, for me, TDTMD might better be typed as August 22, 2011, when both Nick Ashford and Jerry Lieber passed, as both Lieber-Stoller and Ashford and Simpson have had a far greater influence on my musical life than have “the three men I admire most.”

The performance above probably was one of the seminal moments of my high school years, and that’s no exaggeration.

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