Thursday, April 22, 2010

Friday Flash 55.....



The heater on the tour bus had broken down, and it was freezing!!
Frustrated and miserable, Buddy decided to charter a plane for the gig in Minnesota. The Beechcraft only held four including the pilot, and Waylon had already given up his spot for J.P.
Ritchie looked at Tommy..."I'll flip ya for the seat".




Waylon Jennings was a guitar player for Buddy Holly as a member of The Crickets.
J.P. Richardson was known as The Big Bopper.
Tommy Allsup was also a member of The Crickets.
Ritchie Valens had NEVER flown before... He won the toss!
Don McLean called February 3, 1959..."The Day The Music Died".
If you or anyone you know has written a Friday Flash 55,
Please come tell The G-Man!
I will visit, read, enjoy, comment...Then BOOK!!!
So from the most gracious host from coast to coast...
Have a Kick Ass Week-End!!!

70 comments:

Titanium said...

How quickly life turns on a dime.

Cranking up the volume, over here!

Titanium said...

Who, me?

Titanium said...

Conversation for one, second to none... brought to us this week by Mojo.

Stan Ski said...

I just saw La Bamba last weekend.
Here's my 55: CANE

Mojo said...

Bye-Bye Miss American Pie...
Drove my (427 big block) Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry...

And we'll always wonder... what if?

I was gonna say I'm up, but I see I've been Yahtzeed. Thanks Ti!

Kristine said...

haha. and I wonder who wins. Buddy Holly? I wasn't born yet! lol. I've posted mine too.

http://rightlywrite.blogspot.com/

Brian Miller said...

a haunting 55 g-man...one time to be glad to lose a flip.

my 55 is up!

SandyCarlson said...

I remember the movie and loved the song as a kid. We could cover quite a few miles listening to that one. Great job, friend.

Here's my dude on the beach.

Me said...

Oooh...that one gave me shivers. Such a sad story, so much lost all in one moment!

Mine is now up...

Dianne said...

Good one, gotta go la bamba, mine is up, and just as sad.

HERE

HAKAWE yourself Galen
Fab Di

Changnoi said...

I'm too young to remember, but I think dad has some of that music.
Here's more Yes Man: ONE

Janna said...

In 55 words, you made me think, made me sort of sad, AND you put a wonderful song in my head.

Thanks again for another Friday 55. :)
Mine's posted here!

Buzzard said...

How ironic was that. Win the toss and lose your life.

My 55: Communication

Mama Zen said...

The day the music died, indeed!

Serena said...

Nice little piece that really makes you stop and think. Life is fleeting and Fate is a temperamental mistress.

Prayer Girl said...

Mr. G -
I remember this happening. So sad. Just one more thing that reminds me how fragile life is. We best make the most of each moment, right?

My 55 is posted.

PG

Alice Audrey said...

I had no idea Waylon Jennings got around so much.

Mine is here.

Yvonne Osborne said...

And a very sad day it was, the day the music died. Don McClean's lyrics rank as some of the best ever, in my book.

I like this 55 very much indeed. It seems to fit my mood. Maybe it's this chilly night that has me blue. It's freezing!

But my 55 is up. Have a nice weekend.

Peter Stone said...

The day music died indeed - touching tribute, G-man. It was before my time, but I remember seeing it in the La Bamba movie.

My 55 is The Pages of Every Book

sheri... said...

so tragic, the way the music died! your 55 said it all, conveying just how simply the decision was made...way to go, g-man!

mine is up :)

Leslie said...

That was a sad history lesson. Talent gone in a flash
my Flash 55 is at http://wp.me/pDORj-wA

jinksy said...

It's me again- 4am, and what has just come from my flying fingers? 55 words, totally unsought! Has to be a sign, I'd say...
probably of impending doom - or do I mean madness? :)

Maha said...

"the day music died" Such a hunting phrase!
My 55 is now up!

Enchanted Oak said...

Wow. What a 55. The day the music died.
Well, I'll have something on a much lighter note posted tonight after midnight Pacific time.

My 55 is here

PattiKen said...

Oh, the fickle finger of fate. I remember that day well. Good job, G-Man. And I learned something.
I never knew Waylon Jennings was a member of the Crickets.

My 55 is up here.

Monkey Man said...

Didn't know the back story on that plane crash. My 55 is up. You can find it HERE.

Cloudia said...

*Twilight Zone Theme*


Wow!




Aloha from Waikiki


Comfort Spiral

VE said...

What a tragic turn for rock and roll. Wonder what Buddy Holly would have done...if he would have gone country or not.

My 55 is here

Steve E said...

Hello! Or "Hell-Oh"? Yep, G-man I recall that 1959 date, but had forgotten specifics, i.e. names, etc.
Thanks for that memory.

A memory of mine is
HERE

anthonynorth said...

The way life falls can be cruel or lucky. Nicely done.
You'll find mine here.

järnebrand said...

Well, that's a powerful and thought-provoking 55... Very sad, too. /Jo.

My 55 this week is called "Red eye". You are all welcome to check it out.

www.jarnebrand.blogspot.com

Dulce said...

Sad? YOU? Not used to this...

Mine is up. And is not sad

Nice weekened

John's comments said...

Used some of Buddy Holly lyrics to make this week's story up. Read the illustrated story Have a great weekend.

jinksy said...

Boddy Holly...Oh, my yes! I still love his music to this day. Now I'm awake, I shall go on a few visits, and you're dead right about incontinence! I'll take insomnia any day.LOL :)

Thom said...

The day the music went down the tubes. Well done my friend. Mine is up HERE. Have a great Friday :)

Andy Sewina said...

The way you tell it in your 55 brings out just how tragic that plane crash was. "I'll flip ya for the seat". Chilling!

You'll find mine in this post: Stuck in the Mud

Larry said...

that was a sad day Galen and it was the day that real music died.
I'm posted and ready to be read thanks for stopping by if you all decide to heres the link just click it and your there you won't be sorry.


Sightings of captain Hook


Thanks Larry

Larry said...

that was a sad day Galen and it was the day that real music died.
I'm posted and ready to be read thanks for stopping by if you all decide to heres the link just click it and your there you won't be sorry.


Sightings Of Captain Hook


thanks larry

5thsister said...

Bye, bye Miss American Pie...

This was very nicely done.

Mine is up:

http://5thsister.blogspot.com/2010/04/flash-friday-55-writing-working.html

One of these day's I'll figure out how to post a link. Sorry.

Hootin' Anni said...

As soon as I saw your day's cover graphic I knew what the subject was gonna be...this was quite poignant really...an eye opener and a bit of historical fact. Great job!!!!

Here's mine...last week, Sunrise, this week SUNSET

Jingle said...

fabulous drama,
but in 55 words only,
how mind-blowing!

Katherine said...

All in the toss of a coin! Such a sad day in history... a hauntingly sad 55!
I have posted a 55

James Hawley said...

My 55 may be found here.....

itsthisorgocrazy.blogspot.com

Thanks....

Jessie said...

thanks for the trivia info. some of it i had "heard through the grapevine" -- i know it has nothing to do with what you've mentioned...lol

i'm working on mine -- hopefully later...

lime said...

we just never know do we?

i played again this week

Jessie said...

okay...i'm up.
have a great one G-Man!

the walking man said...

Never knew that about Waylon Jennings...you're a fountain of arcane information Galen.

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

Strange how funny life is right?
Flip ya.. I always hate that. LOL

Great Morning, Mr. G.

Mine is here

Have a FANTASTIC FRIDAY now!
hugs
shakira

Greg S. said...

Really nice. They did Don Mclean's America Pie on the radio the other day, with commentary throughout the song with all of the references and allusions. I'd never heard it in that level of detail before. Pretty cool. My 55 is up at http://bit.ly/8dt963. Have a great weekend!

chitowngreg
http://chitowngreg.wordpress.com

Lulda Casadaga said...

Great 55 G! I just saw Dion yesterday on HBO...ok, I'm ready to fly with my 55. :)

buffalodick said...

Pile of talent died that night..

Vodka Logic said...

Yes it was a great loss that day..
thanks for the reminder.

my 55 is up

Chef Kar said...

It was indeed a sad day. My 55 has death written all over it as well, but in a far different way.

Posthumously Yours

Good to be back with my 55ers.

sheri... said...

hey g-man, not trying to bog you down (i've been here already today) but ever since i read your 55, my mind has brought back so many songs from that wonderful time. i'm a child of the 70's, turning 13 years old in april (thanks for the shout out on the 11th) of that year, my music likings probably differing from what you cut your teeth on BUT, lyrics from a few years before that are filling my head and i'm surprised at how many songs i can sing along with! you made my day and i just wanted you to know it :)

evalinn said...

Nice 55 G-man. And I´m up today!

Have a great weekend. :-)

Cazzie!!! said...

Buddy Holly, good fun dance music :)

RNSANE said...

This was a very sad day for the music industry and for fans everywhere.

Mine is up at:

http://rnsane.blogspot.com/2010/04/instant-millionaire-flash-55-friday-4.html

Kathy said...

What an eerie remembrance. Very good! I really enjoyed this!

My FF-55 is up, too, at http://horaceandbabydoe.blogspot.com/

First I had to wrap my head around the fact this was Friday. I can't believe how fast this week has gone!

Have a good weekend!

Akelamalu said...

Fate has a lot to answer for. :(

My 55 is up too.

Jingle said...

http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/04/23/family-friday-the-perfect-of-everything-award-has-a-winner/

an award for you.
cheers!

Donnetta Lee said...

In a rush (what else is new)? Mine is up! D

Allisonian said...

Too sad! Wonderfully writ! Thank you for sharing your brilliant F55!
Mine is considerably silly, as usual. Trying for light. Confessions of a moon brat! I was shown how to add the link to my post, but am on a fast track to (hm???) busy~ness and haven't implemented it yet!
Have a kick ass week Mr. G!
I posted on http://allisonians.blogspot.com/
Caio!

kkrige said...

Lovely and sad G-Man. I am going to give this challenge a whirl. Check mine out over here, http://krigek.blogspot.com

C.M. Jackson said...

how sad..a coin toss decided lives..thoughtful post --mine's up! Have a great weekend! c

Jannie Funster said...

You are a master at the deep, as well as the lighter stuff. I am humbled to know you.

And Mr. G-Knowing-All-G-man, I am still trying to catch up with the Thursday Poetry Rally Festers, so I did not 55 today.

But... when I do post my next 55 it will not only be for you but ABOUT you!! Yes, indeed, your words on my blog the day have set my whiring brain all a-twirling.

Now... if you want to hear me singing my song about when I had a a wedgie on my wedding day, pop on over to Funster Town and see me and the band in all our wedgified glory. That's my web offering for today. :)

xo

Jingle said...

G-Man,
You are getting funny and lovely,
Thank you for behaving like a 29 year old woman in my place, in this case, I treat you as a blogging buddy and love your young and playful spirits.

Cheers!
Welcome to Jingle-Land!

secret agent woman said...

So much chance in life.

LL Cool Joe said...

I love this. I'm a massive Buddy Holly fan. My birthday is strangely enough on the 3rd of Feb. I went to see where the plane came down a few years back on the anniversary of his death and my birthday. Also went to a concert at the Surf Ballroom where my friend Bobby Vee was playing.

A trip I will NEVER forget.

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