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Friday, January 13, 2017
Guitarist Who Won Music's Most Famous Coin Flip Is Dead
Allsup, a guitarist best known for losing a coin toss that kept him off a
plane that crashed and killed rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens,
and JP "Big Bopper" Richardson, has died at age 85, reports AP.
Allsup died Wednesday at a hospital in Springfield, Missouri, after
complications from a hernia operation, said his son. Tommy Allsup was
part of Holly's band when the Lubbock, Texas, singer died in the Feb. 3,
1959, plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. Allsup flipped a coin to see
who between him and Valens would get a seat on the plane and who would
have to take the bus to the next stop on the tour.
Holly, Valens, and Richardson died
with 21-year-old pilot Roger Peterson when the plane crashed in the Iowa
countryside in snowy conditions. The three rockers' deaths were
immortalized in Don McLean's 1971 song "American Pie," and became known
as "the day the music died." In a 1987 interview, Tommy Allsup, who was
born in Owasso, Oklahoma, recalled flipping the coin backstage after
playing a concert. "A couple of people were standing there," he said. "I
flipped it. (Valens) called 'heads.' He got his stuff off the bus."
Another entertainer who was left off the plane was country music star
Waylon Jennings, who was also playing with Holly's band at the time.
Jennings died in 2002. LINK