Crash kills rock stars, Feb. 3, 1959
On Feb. 3, 1959, a day immortalized in the Don McLean hit ‘American Pie,’ three young rock musicians were killed in an early morning plane crash. That day’s Mason City Globe-Gazette of Mason City, Iowa, published an article and photos of the Iowa cornfield where the music died.
“Four persons, three identified as nationally famous rock ‘n’ roll singers, died early Tuesday in a plane crash five miles north of Clear Lake.
“The three singers were Buddy Holly, 22, Texas, Ritchie Valens, 21, Los Angeles, and J.P. Richardson, 24, of Louisiana, known professionally as the ‘Big Bopper.’ ”
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