The Day the Music Died . . . and Was Born
I was 17 years old watching the New England Patriots play their nemesis — the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football in a must-win game for the Patriots. With seconds to play, a the Patriots set to kick the game-winning field goal, Howard Cosell announced to the world that John Lennon had been shot and killed. I was a huge John Lennon fan and was shocked by the news. As the Patriots missed the kick, I remember my father complaining the Cosell had jinxed the Pats somehow.
But Cosell was right in his timeless words, “let us remember that this is just a game for tonight an unspeakable tragedy occurred.”
This tragic day, however, is also the birthday of a number of artists in music and otherwise.
Phil Collen (Def Leppard)
Sammy Davis, Jr.