Guitarist Allsup dies at age of 85
MISSOURI: Tommy Allsup, the guitarist best known for losing a coin toss that kept him off the plane that crashed and killed roc’n’roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP “Big Bopper” Richardson, has died at 85. Singer Austin Allsup said his father died on Wednesday at a hospital in Springfield, Missouri, due to complications from a hernia operation. AN EMOTIONAL and surprised Joe Biden was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian honour.
Barack Obama praised his Vice-President for his “faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country and your lifetime of service”. The award comes as both men prepare to leave office when Donald Trump is inaugurated on Friday. A visibly emotional Mr Biden stood by as Mr Obama heaped praise on what he called the “best possible choice, not just for me, but for the American people”.