Who survived “the day the music died” by giving up his seat on a plane that crashed on this day in 1959?
Answer: Country icon Waylon Jennings was meant to be on the doomed plane that crashed on this day in 1959, killing musicians Buddy Holly, J.P. Richardson (a.k.a. the Big Bopper) and Ritchie Valens. Waylon Jennings was a member of Buddy Holly’s band when he gave up his seat to J.P. Richardson. Richardson was sick with the flu, and asked Jennings for his seat on the flight, to save himself a lengthy winter bus ride to their next gig. When Jennings told Buddy Holly that he was going to take the bus, Holly jokingly told him he hoped the bus broke down, to which Jennings replied, in jest, “I hope your ol’ plane crashes.” Jennings said this remark has haunted him ever since then.
Waylon Arnold Jennings was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. Jennings began playing guitar at eight and began performing at 14 on KVOW radio. His first band was The Texas Longhorns. Jennings worked as a DJ on KVOW, KDAV, KYTI, and KLLL. Wikipedia
Born: 15 June 1937, Littlefield, Texas, United States
Died: 13 February 2002, Chandler, Arizona, United States
Spouse: Jessi Colter (m. 1969–2002), Lynne Jones (m. 1962–1967)
Movies: Stagecoach, Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird, MORE