February 3rd is the Day the Music Died
On this day in 1959 singers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died when their Beechcraft Bonanza 35 airplane crashed in a cornfield in Iowa. An investigation of the crash attributed it to a combination of bad weather and pilot error.
So why were three greats together in a single flight? They were touring the Midwest and had gotten concerned that they would get sick from both the bumpy ride and broken heating system the tour buses offered in the dead of winter, so Holly chartered the plane to get them quickly to Minnesota.
For many music fans of the time, the loss of the three singers effectively ended an era of music that touched millions around the world. For these fans, the music of their lives died that day.
The loss is referred to in Don McLean’s classic song American Pie…
Here’s a YouTube video covering many aspects of the tragic crash, as well as the lives of the singers lost forever.
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