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Song Parodies -> "Music All Died (Buddy Holly 50th Anniversary Tribute)"

Original Song Title:

"Ticket To Ride"

Original Performer:

The Beatles

Parody Song Title:

"Music All Died (Buddy Holly 50th Anniversary Tribute)"

Parody Written by:

Tommy Turtle

The Lyrics

If these events, or the story behind Don McClean's "American Pie", aren't familiar to you, they're explained in detail in the intro to this author's previous tribute, "Say A Prayer For Buddy Holly (2007)", so no need to reprint here. Lots more there about Buddy's music, discography, etc., so if you're interested, check it out. Just wanted to do something fresh for the 50th sad anniversary.

I know I'm gonna be sad
Today is the day, yeah
Those three guys, totally rad
They all passed away

Went for a fatal plane ride
Crashed, and the music all died
Oh, how the rest of us cried
So say a prayer

For Buddy, Ritchie, J. P.
From Clear Lake, left town, yeah
Fargo, their destiny
The airplane went down

Poor Buddy widowed his bride
Mis-carried; his baby died
Her pain was felt nationwide
Her grief, we share

From Don McClean: "American Pie"
A tribute quite nice;
A rock 'n roll history
So young for them to all say goodbye
They paid a high price:
Eternal fame guarantee

There's so much more I could add
Their greatness, portray, yeah
All fans of Rock should be glad
A silent "Hurray", yeah

Wish they had taken the bus
Wish it had not ended thus
Wish that they hadn't left us....
In deep despair!

Five guys and just three seats to divide [1]
It's mighty strange how
Bonanza came to be shared:
A case of flu and coin toss decide:
That Tommy Alsup
And Waylon Jennings were spared

The third day, Februar-y
Nineteen-fifty-nine, yeah
Sad an-ni-versary
What "Gold" they provide! [2]

Ohh, they left us all teary-eyed
Left something empty inside
Leg-acy: never subside
None can compare!

Oh, Buddy, we care!
Oh, Ritchie, we care!
Oh, J. P., we care!
We all say a prayer!
We always will care!

[1] The Beech Bonanza had four seats: the pilot and three passengers. Buddy's new backup band was Tommy Alsup and Waylon Jennings. J. P. Richardson, a/k/a "The Big Bopper", had the flu and asked to fly rather than ride an unheated bus for many hours. Jennings graciously gave Richardson his (fatal) seat. Ritchie Valens (nee Valenzuela) begged for a seat on the plane. Tommy Allsup pulled a coin from his pocket, tossed it, and lost, so Valens got Allsup's seat.

[2] 50th anniversary = "golden anniversary"; music = "golden oldies".

"American Pie" and "The day the music died" © 1971 Don McLean. All else © 2009 Tommy Turtle. All rights reserved. E-mail:

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alvin - February 03, 2009 - Report this comment
well written synopsis of the whole tragic affair
Timmy1000 - February 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Yes, it was a sad day. Nice tribute.
WFT - February 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Really excellent job... this peon lingered a while over your paen (I guess that qualifies as a tribute-tarry?)...
Tim Hall - February 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Let's have a moment of silence for the three subjects of this personal and touching parody.
John Barry - February 03, 2009 - Report this comment
A fine tribute.
Tommy Turtle - February 03, 2009 - Report this comment
alvin, thanks.
Timmy1000, thanks.
Tim Hall, thanks - yes, very appropriate.
John Barry, thanks.

WFT: It might be considered disrespectful to make such a (wonderfully) outrageous pun on such a solemn occasion, but somehow, I think the boys would have liked it -- they loved life. Thanks for v/c.
MrMacphisto - February 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Great job... I never knew all the details like the seating arrangements and such... 5-5-5
Tommy Turtle - February 03, 2009 - Report this comment
MrMacphisto, nice to see ya back... thanks for v/c, MM.
Mark Scotti - April 11, 2009 - Report this comment
Sorry I missed this one, back in Feb. Tom. It is a really great tribute. Buddy was one of my all time faves. I still watch his Bio movie with Gary Busey over and over....
Tommy Turtle - April 11, 2009 - Report this comment
Mark, no problem... don't know how you found it today, but thanks for reading and v/c. Might also like (WARNING: Shameless plugs coming) the first tribute in 2006, when I was n00b here, and too late for the anniversary:
I hit the anniversary on Feb. 3, 2007, with a much-better-edited and cleaned-up version:

As for Busey's movie, it was entertaining, but historically way inaccurate. (They even got the destination of the fatal flight wrong, and misspelled the departure point.) They made up a lot of stuff too, like the racism by the Nashville producer (to pander to audience PC, I guess.)
Much better is Paul McCartney's 1985 documentary, "The Real Buddy Holly Story". McCartney was quite a fan and wanted to set the record straight from the Hollywood version. He interviewed Keith Richards, Phil and Don Everly, Sonny Curtis, Jerry Allison, Holly's family, and others. It's out on DVD, so you should be able to rent it. Strongly recommend. Thanks for stopping by and sharing our gratitude to one of the pioneers of Rock.
Mark Scotti - April 11, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks, Tom, I will definitely check that DVD out....
Susanna Viljanen - February 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Waylon Jennings sings in his song "Back to the Country" as "When I was a younger man / I played in a rock and roll band", implying The Crickets.
Tommy Turtle - February 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Susanna Viljanen: Interesting! Yes, it sounds as though he was referring to The Crickets. ... I think Jennings is interviewed in the Paul McCartney documentary mentioned above, in reply to Mark Scotti. If you haven't seen it, you're missing a lot of good stuff.
          The European title might be slightly different; I think. I remember hearing once that it was called simply "Buddy Holly", but not sure. Just ask for the one *without* Gary Busey.) Thanks for stopping by to vote and comment.

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