Tracy native remembers Buddy Holly at Robby Vee concert
But February made me shiver,
With every paper I’d deliver.
Bad news on the doorstep,
I couldn’t take one more step.
I can’t remember if I cried,
When I read about his widowed bride.
But something touched me deep inside.
The day the music died.
—Don McClean, American Pie
By Seth Schmidt
The rock-n-roll classic “American Pie” is more than rhyming lyrics set to a throbbing-music for Barb (Rowell) Knudson.
She remembers the beat of life in the Fifties before “the music died.”
In the winter of 1959, Miss Rowell was a Tracy High School senior, busy in band, choir, the Teton staff, and school plays. The Girls Athletic Association and Future Homemakers of America were among her school clubs.
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