On February 3, 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, IA. They had been on a winter tour of the midwest and were on their way to Moorhead, MN when the pilot crashed.
The event would forever become known as The Day the Music Died.
The Big Bopper was 28 and is most remembered for “Chantilly Lace”, but he also wrote “White Lightning”, when George Jones covered the song later in 1959, became his first hit on the Pop Charts.
Ritchie Valens was 17 and even at that age, left three indelible songs in the musical pantheon. “Donna”, “Come On Let’s Go” and the indomitable “La Bamba”.
Buddy Holly was 22 and remains one of the most influential performers in the history of rock n roll. He wrote 40 songs during his lifetime and at least half of those are classics in their own right.