February 3, 1959, was dubbed The Day The Music Died by the lyric in the Don McLean song American Pie, where he references the deaths of rock ‘n’ roll stars, Ritchie Valens, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Buddy Holly in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. We ask celebrated rock critic and author Gene Sculattiwhat did the loss of these stars mean to future of popular music? Mr. Sculatti is adamant that Buddy Holly would have become an even larger figure in history of rock; Ritchie Valens may have continued on where other cross-over artists had gone and The Big Bopper, although entertaining, was probably not destined for a long career as a rock performer. Gene Sculatti was the first editor of the radio industry’s premier trade paper, Radio & Records, he served, from 1975 to 1981, as Editorial Director of Warner Bros. Records. Gene worked with a prestigious roster of artists including, James Taylor, Van Halen, the Sex Pistols, George Benson, Emmylou Harris and Prince. He is the author of numerous publications, most notably The Catalogue of Cool. You can learn more about Gene Sculatti here.