‘The Day the Music Died’ Program at Stafford Library April 29

Apr 22, 2019
Phil Bruschi

The Friends of the Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library present “The Day the Music Died” on Monday, April 29, at 2 p.m. Singer Phil Bruschi will pay tribute not only to the tragic deaths of entertainers Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper), but to other rock stars who died before their time.

Holly and his backup band, the Crickets, split up in 1958 when they were on tour in New York because the singer grew more ambitious. He was developing that phase of his career when he died in a plane crash on Feb. 2, 1959, along with Valens and Richardson. They had just left Clear Lake, Iowa, one of the stops on a three-week Winter Dance Party tour.

The crash was the basis for Don McLean’s 1972 hit “American Pie,” which was the No. 1 song on the Billboard charts for four weeks and is still heard on radio today.

Bruschi will also perform hits of Jim Croce, Harry Chapin, John Lennon, Ricky Nelson and more. A versatile entertainer, he also performs musical biographies of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Barry Manilow, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and Bing Crosby.

To register for the program, call the branch at 609-597-3381. E.E.

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