60 Years Ago Today | The Day the Music Died

His Legacy Lives on Forever

February 3, 1959, is a day that will go down in history as one of rock and roll’s biggest tragedies. They were on their way to a show in another town when the chartered aircraft crashed in Mason City, Iowa just minutes after takeoff. The crash claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and the pilot, Roger Peterson. All three artists were traveling to Fargo, North Dakota, for the next show on their Winter Dance Party Tour which Holly was headlining. Buddy was fed up with the chartered bus that they had been using due to its faulty heater, so he asked the Surf manager Carroll Anderson about renting a chartered plane to fly him to his next destination in Moorhead, Minnesota. This fateful day was coined “The Day The Music Died” by iconic singer and songwriter Don McLean, in his hit song “American Pie.”

Enjoy these facts about the legendary Buddy Holly!

  • Buddy Holly was only 22 when he died.
  • Success struck Buddy Holly at a young age. He was barely out of high school when he opened for Elvis Presley at 17 years old.
  • On top of his phenomenal voice and stage presence, Holly wrote his own material!
  • His legendary style laid the foundation for the Rock and Roll that we know and love today. He frequently used his signature pitch-changing hiccup to move seamlessly between country, R&B, and rockabilly.
  • Buddy Holly has been cited as an inspiration to countless artists including Waylon Jennings, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan.

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