The Day the Music Died

Today is the anniversary of the death of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens in a plane crash in 1959, an event immortalized in song by Don McLean later on as “The day the music died” in his classic hit “American Pie.” Buddy Holly rightly gets the most attention from this, but lest we forget the other two early rock ‘n’ roll icons who were also lost that day, here’s a few reminders:

First, a radio news broadcast report of the crash itself:

A couple from The Big Bopper:

A couple from Ritchie Valens:

And one live clip from Buddy Holly:


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