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the day the music died

February 3, 2010

Today is the 51st Anniversary of the plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Richardson “The Big Bopper.” I don’t have much to say about it, I’d just like to pause in remembrance.

Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens

Read music historian Greil Marcus’ Rolling Stone article written last year, on the 50th Anniversary.

NPR discusses the logistics of the plane crash with the head of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association.

February 3, 1959 Newspaper


“Come On, Let’s Go” Ritchie Valens

“Chantilly Lace” The Big Bopper

“Not Fade Away” Buddy Holly

And of course, Don McLean’s well known memorial ballad “American Pie”

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