Fifty two years ago, on February 3, 1959, after a show in Iowa Buddy Holly’s tour plane crashed killing Holly, Ritchie Valens & J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. The crash occurred only a few minutes after takeoff.
Buddy Holly was on a three week “Winter Dance Party” tour when the crash occurred. The tour would cover 24 Midwestern cities. The story goes that the promoter didn’t schedule the tour properly – leaving very little time to travel long distances especially with snow. By the time Holly hit Clear Lake, Iowa he was ready to get off the tour bus and asked his band mates to charter a plan to the next stop. Sadly, this decision led to the tragedy that will be remembered for years to come.
Holly was known for his hit songs, “Peggy Sue“, and “Oh Boy!”. “The Big Bopper” was known for disk jockeying in Texas but also became famous for “Chantilly Lace“. Ritchie Valens was known for “La Bamba“, “Donna” and “Come on, Let’s Go.”
“The Day the Music Died” was coined by Don McLean in the song “American Pie”. The song hit No. 1 in 1972.
Here’s a video of McLean singing the famous song below: