The Day the Music Died

3 Feb

On February 3, 1959 at about 1:00 a.m, shortly after take off from the Mason City, Iowa airport, the chartered airplane containing Buddy HollyRitchie Valens, and the “Big Bopper” J.P. Richardson , crashed into an Iowa field, instantly killing all three and the pilot Roger Peterson. They were headed for the next “Winter Dance Party” tour stop in Fargo, North Dakota. Holly chartered  the plane because their tour bus had a broken heater. Holly was 22, Richardson was 28, and Valens was 17. Don McLean later immortalized the tragedy in his classic song “American Pie,” calling this “the day the music died’. the music died.”


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