“Falling Stars- Air Crashes that Filled
Rock & Roll Heaven - takes you on
a great ride … This is a must read
book – a real look at the highs
and lows of our greatest
musical stars.”
–Storme Warren, Host
Country Across America



It started February 3, 1959….

A small airplane carrying three of the music world’s hottest stars crashed into a snow-covered Iowa stubble field, killing everyone on board. While the nation mourned, who could have foreseen that the fiery crash that claimed the lives of legendary singers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Richardson (“The Big Bopper”) was just the beginning?

John Denver, Aaliyah, Patsy Cline, Rick Nelson, Jim Croce, Otis Redding, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, “The Big Bopper.” We knew them as musical superstars, larger-than-life legends who took the entertainment world by storm before their dazzling careers were cut short by tragic airplane crashes. Now, for the first time in a single volume, veteran journalist Rich Everitt explores the lives of these remarkable entertainers before they became superstars and offers new light on the cruel disasters that struck them down in the prime of their musical careers.

FALLING STARS: Air Crashes that Filled Rock & Roll Heaven goes behind the headlines and datelines to reveal the shocking truth behind each crash, starting with “the day the music died” in 1959, and ending with the catastrophic deaths of Denver and Aaliyah. At the same time, Everitt – a skilled pilot and musician himself – explores the early careers of the stars, offering intimate insights into their personal lives as well as the final moments aboard their ill-fated flights.

In this fact laden book bound to appeal to legions of music fans, aviators and historians, FALLING STARS explores the many myths surrounding these famous crashes while skillfully separating fact from fiction.

For example:
  • What music icon's last words to a friend were: "I've already survived two wrecks; the next one will kill me."?
  • What musical group's surviving member visited the gravesite of his
    replacement, only to discover from the tombstone they had exactly
    the same birthday?
  • What errors did folksinger John Denver make that caused his experimental aircraft to plummet into Monterey Bay?
  • What simple twist of fate saved a famous singer from perishing in the crash that killed Patsy Cline?
  • What's the REAL reason Rick Nelson's plane burst into flames over Texas?

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