Buddy Holly, Ritchie, Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a plane on Feb. 3, 1959. The rockstars were headed from Mason City, Iowa, to Moorehead, Minnesota when the accident took place.

Buddy Holly and his band, The Crickets, had just scored the number one spot for their song, “That’ll Be the Day”. Ritchie Valens was known for his song “La Bamba”, which is an upbeat song based on a traditional Mexican wedding song.

J.P. Richardson was a disc jockey before writing songs. His most famous song, a rockabilly tune called “Chantilly Lace” made the Top 10. Richardson developed a stage show based on his radio persona, which was “The Big Bopper”.

Source: History.com

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