The Day The Music Died – February 3, 1959

the day the music died

THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED: On this day, February 3rd, in 1959, 22 year old Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, age 17, died in a crash shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa, The pilot of the single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza plane was also killed. Holly hired the plane after heating problems developed on his tour bus. All three were traveling to Fargo, North Dakota for the next show on their Winter Dance Party Tour which Holly had set – covering 24 cities in three weeks, to make money after the break-up of his band, The Crickets, the previous year.

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