A very sad day. The day the music died! ~ On February rock & roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with pilot Roger Peterson.
Winter Dance Party 1959 poster advertising performances by Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens who all died in a plane crash on February 1959 during the tour. It's now referred to as "The Day the Music Died.
Rock 'n' roll pioneer Ritchie Valens had a recording career that lasted all of eight months, scoring several hits, including "La Bamba," before dying at age 17 in the same plane crash that claimed Buddy Holly and J. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.