Music died 65 years ago: The death of three young talents shocked the world



Michal Plšek


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They were born

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Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez achieved worldwide fame with the megahit Gasolina in 2004. He is called the King of Reggaeton and is recognized for his influence on the Hispanic music community. In December 2023, after the last concert of the La Meta tour in his native Puerto Rico, he retired from music.

Ondřej Hejma, Czech singer and lyricist (1951)

The long-time frontman of the band Zlutý pes, moderator, publicist and translator started out in the ranks of the Hanspaul band Ivan Hlas Žízeň, and also went through the Yo Yo Band, with which he still performs today. He hosted the television competition Do you want to be a millionaire? and was a judge on the talent show Czech Republic is looking for a SuperStar.

Milan Lasica, Slovak actor, director and lyricist (1940-2021)
Jan Vlasak, Czech actor and voice actor (1943)
Roman Čechmanek, Czech ice hockey goalkeeper, Olympic champion and three-time world champion (1971-2023)
Michal Šlesingr, Czech biathlete, owner of a complete medal collection from the World Championships (1983)
Eva Podzimková, Czech actress (1990)
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Adele took the top spot in the UK album chart with her debut 19. Already at the age of 17, the talented musician signed a contract with a record company, the number in the album title means her age at the beginning of recording. The singles Hometown Glory and Make You Feel My Love conquered the singles chart, the latter of which won a Grammy Award. The album sold eight million copies worldwide.

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For the first time in the history of the British chart, the top three positions were occupied by artists born outside the United Kingdom and the United States. Ireland’s Sinead O’Connor stood at the top, Australian warbler Kylie Minogue took silver, and third place belonged to the Technotronic project from Belgium.

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Blondie first appeared at the top of the island charts with the song Heart Of Glass. The song, penned by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein, was the first of five No. 1 in the UK. The original recording, titled Once I Had A Love, had a slower tempo, but when recording the album Parallel Lines, they took the advice of producer Mike Chapman to increase the tempo. In 2015, the song was inducted into the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame.


22-year-old Buddy Holly, 28-year-old The Big Bopper and 17-year-old Ritchie Valens were victims of a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. The pilot of the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza also died. Ironically, Buddy Holly hired the plane because of a broken heater in their tour bus. All three musicians were on a tour that had 24 stops planned over three weeks. Buddy Holly wanted to improve his budget, which had been crippled by the breakup of The Crickets a year earlier. The sad event was nicknamed The Day Music Died after a verse in Don McLean’s 1971 song American Pie. The Clear Lake Surf Ballroom, where the trio last performed, hosts an annual commemoration.

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