The Day the Music Died

Tuesday, February 3, 2009| by Will Chen

Shortly after 1 a.m. on February 3, 1959, a three-passenger plane crashed outside of Mason City Municipal Airport, near Clear Lake, Iowa. On board were Buddy Holly, 22; Ritchie Valens, 17; and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, 28 all of which lost their lives.

The tragic event was came to be known as "the day the music died" in Don McLean's 1971 hit "American Pie" (to read an analysis of the song's imagery, check out this link).

This year signifies the 50th anniversary of the trio's death.

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