HOLLYWOOD—Pop culture is full of contradictions. So many stories about the beginnings of fads, products, books and songs are always fun to tell, but you really can’t be sure if they’re true. There was always two versions of the origin of the rock n roll classic, “Blue Suede Shoes,” each told by two very reliable sources.
The story that Carl Perkins, wrote the tune was one version. Perkins was given the credit. The other version was that Johnny Cash gave the idea to Carl Perkins, a story about his Air Force days. We will never really know what happened. It was on New Year’s Day, 1956, that the song “Blue Suede Shoes,” was released.
Three years later in February 3, 1959, Rock n Roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper were all killed in a plane crash in Iowa, including the aircraft pilot Roger Peterson. Decades later, aviation authorities are considering reopening the investigation. An investigation at the time of the crash determined that the cause was pilot error and listed snow as a secondary cause.
According to published reports, the National Transportation Safety Board is now considering reopening the crash after a pilot identified as LJ Coon sent the board a letter. In the letter to the NTSB, it argues that other factors should be considered, such as weight and balance calculations and the rate of the small plane’s climb and descent. It also asks the board to investigate whether problems with the rudder pedals caused the pilot to lose control of the aircraft, a Beechcraft Bonanza.
It might take a few weeks to determine whether or not the board will re-open the investigation. The board did respond to Coon in a letter dated February 19, 2015. The crash carrying the music stars has been the subject of countless theories, books and movies. The song “American Pie,” is also a reference to that day, February 3, 1959, “the day the music died.”
The music didn’t stop for Madonna, a real trooper. Just days after she tumbled off the stage tripping on her cape in front of millions at the Brit Awards, she announced a new worldwide tour. The Queen of Pop, 56, will take her Rebel Heart tour to 35 cities in Europe and North America, with dates being announced in Asia and Australia. She suffered whiplash after her fall and she smacked the back of her head.
Back in 2008/2009, Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet concerts became the highest-grossing tour ever by a solo act. Madonna is releasing her 13th album “Rebel Heart” on March 9 in the United Kingdom.
Another trooper is Lady Gaga who was brave and plunged into the freezing waters of Chicago’s Lake Michigan last week with fiancé Taylor Kinney to raise money for charity. Actor Vince Vaughn, a Chicago native, even wore the shirt of the city’s ice hockey team, the Blackhawks.
The stars were among 4,500 people who took part in the annual Polar Plunge event in aid of the Special Olympics. According to the organizers, the event raised more than $1 million with the proceeds going towards providing year-round activities for athletes with special needs.
Rose’s Scoop: Oxford University was in for a treat when outspoken rapper Kanye West decided to grace them with his presence on March 2. He shared his thoughts on subjects including race, art, family, music and President Obama. Kanye West was in the UK following the Brit Awards, at which he debuted a heavily censored version of new song “All Day.”
Prior to the Brit Awards, West posed for photographs with customers after being spotted in a London branch of Nando’s. He announced the name of his new album via Twitter titled “So Help Me God.”