The day the music died.  On February 3, 1959, a small-plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, killed three American rock and roll pioneers: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, as well as the pilot, Roger Peterson

The day the music died. On February 3, 1959, a small-plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, killed three American rock and roll pioneers: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, as well as the pilot, Roger Peterson

Ritchie Valens was a Mexican-American singer and songwriter. He recorded numerous hits during his short career, most notably the 1958 hit "La Bamba." Valens died at age 17 in a plane crash with fellow musicians Buddy Holly and J. P. Richardson on February 3, 1959, a day later called The Day the Music Died by Don McLean in his song "American Pie."

Ritchie Valens was a Mexican-American singer and songwriter. He recorded numerous hits during his short career, most notably the 1958 hit "La Bamba." Valens died at age 17 in a plane crash with fellow musicians Buddy Holly and J. P. Richardson on February 3, 1959, a day later called The Day the Music Died by Don McLean in his song "American Pie."

The Day the Music Died — 51 years ago we lost the Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens and…

The Day the Music Died — 51 years ago we lost the Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly

The Day the Music Died — 51 years ago we lost the Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens and…

Singer/songwriter Ritchie Valens was born Today 5-13 in 1941 Ritchie Valens was born-- his life was cut short being killed in the famous plane crash 'the day the music died' in 1959, which took the lives of Buddy Holly and The Big Bobber as well. Some of his song include Donna, Come On Lets Go, and LaBamba.

Singer/songwriter Ritchie Valens was born Today 5-13 in 1941 Ritchie Valens was born-- his life was cut short being killed in the famous plane crash 'the day the music died' in 1959, which took the lives of Buddy Holly and The Big Bobber as well. Some of his song include Donna, Come On Lets Go, and LaBamba.

Ritchie Valens and the Birth of Latino Rock | Rock and Roll: An American Story

Ritchie Valens and the Birth of Latino Rock | Rock and Roll: An American Story

Ritchie Valens 1941-1959 (Age 17) Died in a plane crash. This guy here was very important for the Latino community because in his short eight months of fame he showed that anyone can make it no matter where your from and plus he makes really good music

Ritchie Valens

Ritchie Valens 1941-1959 (Age 17) Died in a plane crash. This guy here was very important for the Latino community because in his short eight months of fame he showed that anyone can make it no matter where your from and plus he makes really good music

Feb 03, 1959.... rising American rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson are killed when their chartered Beechcraft Bonanza plane crashes in Iowa a few minutes after takeoff from Mason City on a flight headed for Moorehead, Minnesota. Holly and his band, the Crickets, had just scored a No. 1 hit with "That'll Be the Day." So sad I can't even believe it, till this very day!! But what icons and forever rock n roll legends Xoxo F

Feb 03, 1959.... rising American rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson are killed when their chartered Beechcraft Bonanza plane crashes in Iowa a few minutes after takeoff from Mason City on a flight headed for Moorehead, Minnesota. Holly and his band, the Crickets, had just scored a No. 1 hit with "That'll Be the Day." So sad I can't even believe it, till this very day!! But what icons and forever rock n roll legends Xoxo F

The Big Bopper, (October 24, 1930 – February 3, 1959) was an American disc jockey, singer, and songwriter and early rock and roll star. He is best known for his recording of "Chantilly Lace." On February 3, 1959, on what has become known as The Day the Music Died, Richardson was killed in a small-plane crash leaving their concert at the Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa, along with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.  jj

The Big Bopper, (October 24, 1930 – February 3, 1959) was an American disc jockey, singer, and songwriter and early rock and roll star. He is best known for his recording of "Chantilly Lace." On February 3, 1959, on what has become known as The Day the Music Died, Richardson was killed in a small-plane crash leaving their concert at the Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa, along with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. jj

Buddy Holly.....the ill-fated "winter dance party" tour. Buddy Holly played at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa on Feb. 2, 1959. The day after the date on this poster, on Feb. 3, 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, & the Big Bopper died in a plane crash in route to the next stop. The date has now become known as "the day the music died."

Buddy Holly.....the ill-fated "winter dance party" tour. Buddy Holly played at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa on Feb. 2, 1959. The day after the date on this poster, on Feb. 3, 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, & the Big Bopper died in a plane crash in route to the next stop. The date has now become known as "the day the music died."

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