[Vision2020] 50 years ago today...

Ted Moffett starbliss at gmail.com
Mon Dec 9 23:15:56 PST 2019

Regarding what is "rock and roll's biggest tragedy" is entirely subjective,
sometimes just cultural myth and stereotyping...  The murder of John Lennon
is arguably the greatest tragedy for the world at large *and* in the
culture of rock and roll, in some people's minds, regardless of a person's
biological age.

Anyway, maybe this is not a death in the culture of "rock and roll,"
however that is defined... But recently I learned that Patsy Cline died in
a plane crash March 5, 1963, at only 30 years old, after Cline "On March 3,
1963... performed a benefit at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Hall_(Kansas_City,_Kansas)>, Kansas
City, Kansas <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_City,_Kansas>, for the
family of disc jockey "Cactus" Jack Call. He had died in an automobile
crash a little over a month earlier." as the Wikipedia website below

Cline is claimed to have said the following as indicated by Wikipedia:

West asked Patsy to ride in the car with her and husband, Bill, back to
Nashville, a 16-hour drive, but Cline refused, saying, "Don't worry about
me, Hoss. When it's my time to go, it's my time."

No good deed goes unpunished....

Patsy Cline in some respects transcended "country music" insofar as her
voice was such a beautiful expression of the human spirit that categories
of music fail to encompass its power.

Vision2020 Post: Ted Moffett

On Fri, Dec 6, 2019 at 11:06 PM Scott Dredge <sdredge408 at gmail.com> wrote:

Verse 1 referencing 1959 was definitely before my time. Verse 5 is
> indisputably 1969. Anyhow 50 years sure goes by quickly nowadays.
> “In February 2015, McLean announced he would reveal the meaning of the
> lyrics to the song when the original manuscript went for auction in New
> York City <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City>, in April 2015. The
> lyrics and notes were auctioned on April 7, and sold for $1.2 million. In
> the sale catalogue notes, McLean revealed the meaning in the song's lyrics:
> "Basically in American Pie things are heading in the wrong direction. ...
> It [life] is becoming less idyllic. I don't know whether you consider that
> wrong or right but it is a morality song in a sense." The catalogue
> confirmed some of the better known references in the song's lyrics,
> including mentions of Elvis Presley
> <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_Presley> ("the king") and Bob Dylan
> <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Dylan> ("the jester"), and confirmed
> that the song culminates with a near-verbatim description of the death of
> Meredith Hunter <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Meredith_Hunter> at
> the Altamont Free Concert
> <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altamont_Free_Concert>, ten years after
> the plane crash that killed Holly, Valens, and Richardson.”
> https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Pie_(song)
> On Friday, December 6, 2019, Ron Force <ronforce at gmail.com> wrote:
>> No, this was the reference in the song:
>> February 3, 1959
>> The Day the Music Died at 60: Remembering rock and roll's biggest
>> tragedy. On *February 3, 1959*, the music world was shocked when
>> American rock and roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and JP 'The Big
>> Bopper' Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa,
>> along with pilot Roger Peterson.Feb 3, 2019
>> https://www.smoothradio.com/news/music/day-the-music-died-buddy-holly-plane-crash/
>> I was a senior in high school near there.  You were probably too young to
>> remember 😀
>> Ron Force
>> Moscow Idaho USA
>> On Fri, Dec 6, 2019 at 10:22 AM Scott Dredge <sdredge408 at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> 50 years ago today: verse 5 of American Pie. The Day the Music Died at
>>> the notorious Altamont Free Concert.
>>> “No Angel born in Hell, could break that Satan’s spell” - Don McLean
>>> https://allthatsinteresting.com/altamont-speedway-free-concert
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