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.”
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