It is the anniversary of the day Don McLean dubbed ‘The Day the Music Died’, in his world famous song American Pie. The sudden loss of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P ‘The Big Bopper’ Richardson in 1959 was catastrophic, and each became immortalised in film keeping their music alive and forever young.
Steve Rash’s The Buddy Holly Story, 1978, with Gary Busey received wide acclaim and condemnation alike and the 1987 La Bamba starring Lou Diamond Phillips, was a timely reminder to all of us eighties kids of the wonder of the music that was created by those legends and which affected rock and roll from the 1950’s onwards; from Little Richard, Bob Dylan to The Beatles and beyond.
I believe that films about musicians have a thrall to them unlike that of ordinary stories. Many films and television series have been successful because of their musical scores (I am »
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