February 3rd was the 59th anniversary of the day three musicians died in a plane crash. This event was memorialized in a song in 1971 called American Pie by singer Don Mclean which included the lyrics, “the day the music died” and in movies. The three performers were Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and JP Richardson also known as The Big Bopper. The Buddy Holley story starred actor Gary Busey. Richie Valen’s story was a movie by the name La Bamba that starred Lou Diamond Phillips. Buddy Holley is known for songs such as “That will be the day” and “Peggy Sue”. Richie Valens was known for his song “Donna”, about a high school sweetheart. J.P. Richardson was known for a song called “Chantilly Lace”.
The three, along with other musicians were signed up for the Winter Dance Party Tour. A tour that was for 24 concerts in the Midwest over a period of 3 weeks. They had already performed at several shows before playing in Clear Lake Iowa on Feb. 2, 1959. Their tour bus was freezing and unreliable and Buddy Holley chartered a plane to fly them to Fargo, North Dakota which would have placed them close to the next city they were due to perform in. Unfortunately the plane crashed shortly after take off.