February 3, 1959 = The day the music died

Buddy Holly winter dance party

Following the February 2 performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, Buddy Holly chartered a Beechcraft Bonanza to take him and his new Crickets band (Tommy Allsup and Waylon Jennings) to Fargo, North Dakota. JP Richardson (the Big Bopper) came down with the flu and didn't feel comfortable on the bus, so Jennings gave his plane seat to him. Valens had never flown on a small plane and requested Allsup's seat. They flipped a coin, Valens called heads and won the toss. The four-passenger Beechcraft Bonanza took off into a snow storm and crashed into Albert Juhl's corn field several miles after takeoff at 1:05 A.M. The crash killed Holly, Valens, Richardson, and the 21 year-old pilot, Roger Peterson, leaving Holly's pregnant bride, Maria Elena Holly, a widow (she miscarried soon after).

Buddy Holly Beechcraft Bonanza plane wreck


Buddy Holly plane crash


If I'm understanding right, that'll be Buddy Holly's body in the left foreground, and Ritchie Valens on the right.  The Big Bopper landed the other side of the fence


Buddy Holly plane crash, "the day the music died"


I read the news today, oh boy


Note that the family name was "Holley"   It was misspelled on an early contract as "Holly" so he took that for his professional name


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