I consider myself lucky to have gotten to see him play at Whiskey River in Macon Ga. not too long before he died. True legend. Today's trivia: He was supposed to be on the plane that crashed and killed The Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Buddy Holly had chartered a plane to carry Walon, (bass player), Tommy Allsup(guitar player), and himself to the next stop on the tour. He gave up his seat so The Bopper could fly because he was had the flu and the bus heater was broken. Holly's guitar player gave up his seat to Valens who was also sick. Plane went down killing everyone on board. Sad day but spawned an awesome song about it.