What if February 3rd 1959 had never happened? What if plane # N3794N did not develop trouble and never crashed at around 1am in Clear Lake Ohio and Buddy Holly, J.P.(The big Bopper) Richardson and Richie Valens were allowed to continue their lives as you or I can do? Would it have made a difference to the music world? One can only imagine Richie Valens being a guiding light for artists like Carlos Santana and even doing some side work with Carlos, being an inspiration for many Latin American kids as he piled up many hits thru the ’60’s and becoming known as the grandfather of Latin Rock and perhaps allowing some of the under privileged Latinos a chance to escape the poverty of their life and allowing them to have an inspiration to help on their way. Hell, he most likely would have been playing at President Obama’s Inauguration.
The Big Bopper? Well who knows what would have become of him but I sense he could have become another Wolfman Jack type of personality that would spin his favorite tunes to a generation of young men and woman looking for something different to groove to and occasionally release a Country and Western song that would keep his name in the news.
But Buddy Holly, now there was no stopping him if “The Day the Music Died” had never happened. A tour with the Beatles, an album with Mick Jagger, perhaps in the 70’s the ultimate Rock and Roll tour. He would have perhaps had a few more hits but would more than likely have written many hits for other artists and then like Johnny Cash , Rick Rubin would have gotten a hold of Buddy and record a few albums in the same vein as “American Recordings” bringing him back into the public spotlight and allowing him to retire gracefully from the industry he helped form.
But alas it was not to be as the plane did not stay in the air, and the three young men died instantly leaving us all to wonder, What if?