There’s a good reason why today is called “The Day The Music Died.”  When you lose music pioneers such as Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson — all in the same plane crash — it makes for a remarkable tragedy in music history.

Buddy Holly on The Ed Sullivan Show, January 2...
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And it all happened on February 3, 1959, near Clear Lake, Iowa.

Modern music might not have been quite the same if it weren’t for the three who died in that crash.  Holly was one of the biggest overall influences in rock music.  Valens was a great influence on artists like Carlos Santana and Los Lobos.  Richardson touched country music heavily with songs like “White Lightning” which George Jones made famous.

The accident was something immortalized not just in story but in song as well, in the Don McLean classic “American Pie.”

And now, on to a tribute to the “big three” who died.

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