Charles Hardin Holly, Gary Moore, Holly Fan discussed on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory


And welcome back to coast to coast. Let me tell you about Gary Moore. Gary's the author of the critically acclaimed book playing with the enemy winner of the two thousand six military writer's society of America book of the euro award plane with the enemy is currently option. Does a major motion picture Gary is a contributing author for chicken soup for the father and son soul and a self syndicated columnist with a degree in music education from vendor cook, Gary has performed professionally music of all genres and taught students of all ages and groups and will often mix his progressive performance skills. Into the subject matter at hand. Gary welcome to the program. And welcome back. I should say George. Thank you so much. It's it's a pleasure to be on. And and it's great beyond with you. I've been a fan I had a chance to interview Kenny aronoff about a year ago, the great drummer and God, he's he's exciting. He wrote a book, and he's one of a kind one of a kind you must know all kinds of musicians to I do. I do it's been a real pleasure. Most of my life. I've been able to be around some of the some of the great ones out, you know, for me, the greatest Graham river was buddy, rich. Yeah. Yeah. Every time I hear that song American pie. Yeah. I think of this tragedy. This incredible story. How did you get interested in it? You know, I was never buddy Holly fan. It's just the strangest thing the way it was drawn into this. My my mother-in-law who is just a. Was just the kindest most wonderful woman you'd ever meet. Lived in Iowa grew up in in Waterloo. She for her seventy fifth birthday said she wanted to go to the reenactment of the winter dance party. Well, I got the winter dance party knowing her age must have been ballroom. Dancing hadn't thought I should take some dance lessons later found off found out that she was just a rabbit buddy Holly fan, and I didn't know it. And so we we went to the reenactments a performer by John Mueller who travels with the show you owns the rights. Now, the winter dance party and. You know, I sat through the the evening, and it was he was great music, and you know, wonderfully performed. The big Bopper was performed by the big Bopper, real life, son. And he was he was great and emotional than performance. Did Ritchie Valens was outstanding. John. Muir, commodities, buddy. Holly was a great, but nothing really trip my trigger excited until the very end of the show. John announced that he was about to sing a song called. Hey, buddy. That he had written. My first thought was gonna ruin a beautiful night and interject something written. And the song was so haunting in captivating when it ended I wife went over man, she saw tears running down my face. She said what happened was wrong? And I said, I don't know. And from that moment on I was just almost on an obsession to learn more about buddy, Holly, learn more about and I determined that. I wasn't a right about the crash. I thought there's enough written about that. I just want to write about who buddy. Holly was trying to find stories that people had written about, but. Ended up speaking to barbed wire who is the wife Jerry Maguire, the man who owned the charter service and one sentence that she told said to me, I grew crash and in my analysis of it. I gotta tell you. It was. An incredible story. I was only nine when this thing happened. So it was way too young to really understand it. But later on. I began to realize, you know, this was a huge story. And I've seen pictures of the plane. It is so mangled. Yes. It's it's a wonder they all died because there's there's nothing left to this plane in what's the big Bopper. Was he the one who was like tossed thirty feet away from everybody else? Yeah. Actually forty feet. He was forty feet ahead of the plane. And and and very scantily dressed most of his clothes had been removed, which seems shocking. He would be so far away and be undressed. But crash investigators will tell you that it's not unusual, and I actually work with crash investigator from the NTSB is we kind of recreated the crash, and he said that that's not surprising at all. Didn't they also find a handgun somewhere? They did. They did they didn't find the handgun until the spring. You know, it's not snowing when when the crash occurred snowed throughout route tonight. So as investigators arrived the plane area was snow covered. And when they did the crash cleanup. They didn't get all the debris. Well farmer by the last name jewel was pine the field in the spring. So a handgun. So he got out of it. It got the gun with data. And for whatever reason did the dumbest thing do we pointed up near pull the trigger. And and so he evidence. Yeah. And so he thought well, okay. I'll take this to the to the sheriff the next day, and he did in the sheriff look at it. And they found out some serial number that it was registered Charles Hardin Holly, which is buddies real name. And that and he recorded in the note that had been one shellfire. Beyond what he fired now. Just one just one just one. But he did not make a note. There was fired by the farmer, and so a few years later the newspapers got ahold of it made it sound like something happened in the plane. Well, not only that photographer claimed it when he was taking pictures of the crash he found a bullet hole in the in the back of the pilot seat, and it, and it just became almost standard rock and roll Wisma time that buddy had shopped pilots are you convinced at this point Gary that what happened was pilot's error. I am convinced its pilots air. Yes. For for a pilot. And I was also I spent six years, my wife is a charter operator. And so a lot of experience with pilots lot experiencing airplanes. And it is. So crystal clear, really what happened..

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