[Vision2020] 50 years ago today...

Ted Moffett starbliss at gmail.com
Tue Dec 10 02:21:42 PST 2019

After Googling "greatest tragedy rock and roll death" I found the following
Rolling Stone magazine article from 2017 "Celebrity Deaths That Changed
Music History.".  The first on the list is indeed Buddy Holly:
"...the 22-year-old died in a plane crash alongside fellow stars the Big
Bopper and Ritchie Valens. The crash was later dubbed “The Day the Music
Died” by Don McLean in his signature hit “American Pie.”

Second on the list?  Patsy Cline!  I don't know... Jimi Hendrix's death,
given his astonishing musical visionary capabilities, might be the greatest
tragedy of all... Talk about the music dying!  We will never know what he
could have created if he had lived...


"Although she lived only a year and two months longer than 29-year-old Hank
Williams had, Patsy Cline secured her legacy as one of the greatest vocal
talents of the 20th century by fusing country charm and big-city boldness
to a sterling voice that was as adept at honky-tonk weepers as it was
lushly orchestrated pop standards. Hits like “I Fall to Pieces,” “Walkin’
After Midnight” and Willie Nelson’s “Crazy” accompanied her slow ascent to
stardom, while posthumous releases “Sweet Dreams (of You)” and “Faded Love”
kept her in the spotlight after her death in a plane crash in Camden,
Tennessee. In fact, her legend only flourished in the decades after her
demise. In 1973, Cline became the first solo female artist elected to the
Country Music Hall of Fame, even ahead of the genre-defining Kitty Wells.
Portrayals by Oscar nominees Beverly D’Angelo (in the 1980 Loretta Lynn
biopic *Coal Miner’s Daughter*) and Jessica Lange (1985’s *Sweet Dreams*),
and continuing interest in her hits via jukeboxes and karaoke, spurred
Cline’s *Greatest Hits* album to sales in excess of 10 million,
earning a *Guinness
World Records* spot for its chart longevity. Now, there’s even a shrine to
the inimitable vocalist in downtown Nashville: the Patsy Cline Museum
houses memorabilia from her 1961 Carnegie Hall debut, her history-making
Las Vegas engagement the following year and the elegant wristwatch she was
wearing when she died just a few months later. Over half a century since
her tragic passing, Cline remains a direct and long-lasting influence –
just listen to stylists like Reba McEntire, Kacey Musgraves and LeAnn Rimes
for proof."
Vision2020 Post: Ted Moffett

On Mon, Dec 9, 2019 at 11:15 PM Ted Moffett <starbliss at gmail.com> wrote:

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
> indicates.
> 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."
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patsy_Cline
> -------------------------------------------------------
> 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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