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The Day the Music Died

buddy holly.jpg On February 3, 1959, musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed when their chartered plane crashed a few minutes after takeoff on a flight from Mason City to Moorehead, Minnesota. Peggy Sue, Chantilly Lace, and La Bamba were some of the songs that went down in history that day, along with the ill-fated flight. In 1972, singer Don McClean memorialized the trio in "American Pie." To learn more about this chapter in American music history, check out The Day the Music Died: The Last Tour of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens.

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