3 February 1959. 2019 will be the 60th anniversary of Buddy Holly's death. He was 22 years old when he died. Don McLean called that fatal day `The Day the Music Died'. But, his music hasn't died, as he has left us a wonderful legacy. Spencer Leigh's new biography Buddy Holly: Learning the Game is the most definitive account of Buddy Holly and his career.
When it comes to anniversaries, it is inevitable that we remember the giants: Elvis, the Beatles, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, but Buddy Holly's death enables us to also acknowledge the less well-known musicians who died with him, 17-year-old Ritchie Valens and the outlandish Big Bopper. Spencer Leigh has spoken to musicians, songwriters, friends, fans and many people who have worked with Buddy, and he examines the evidence with the scrutiny of a forensic scientist.