Darius Rucker got a gold record for not thinking about not thinking on this date in 2009, George Strait earned his second double-platinum album for a movie soundtrack in 1993 and Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens died in a plane crash in 1959. The event was later memorialized by Don McClean in the song American Pie, the name of the aircraft.

Here's the list for Today In Country Music History for 03 February, 2012.

  • Darius Rucker netted a gold single for "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" in 2009.
  • Shania Twain's "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!" became her second Number One hit single in 1996.
  • The Pure Country soundtrack became the second double-platinum album for George Strait in 1993.
  • The Waylon & Willie album was certified gold in 1978.
  • Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden" single was certified gold in 1971.
  • Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens were killed in a plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa in 1959.
  • Johnny Cash's "Ballad of a Teenage Queen" hit Number One on the country singles chart in 1958.
  • The Million Dollar Quartet, comprised of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, recorded together at the Sun Studio in Memphis in 1956.

Here's a look back at Buddy Holly from the late 50s.

 

 

And here's Don McClean's song about the day the music died.

 

 

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Dave D.