Today's the Day the Music Died

Buddy Holly in concert – the iconic singer was just 22 when he died.

Everyone knows Don McLean's famous song "American Pie" – but did you know it was 55 years ago, on February 3, 1959, that the group of musicians the song references were tragically killed in a plane crash?

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and JP Richardson (better known as 'The Big Bopper') were all aboard a small Beechcraft Bonanza plane to make it to a tour date for a collaboration when the pilot lost control of the plane, crashing it into a corn field in Iowa.

The three stars were young icons of the rock and roll era, with Buddy Holly in particular being an oft-cited influence on giants that followed him, like The Beatles, Boob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen – even though Holly was only 22 when he died.

They were later immortalised in McLean's ever-popular ballad, which popularised the label 'the day the music died'.

Thanks to Reddit's music forum for pointing out the anniversary.

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