February 3, 1959: The Plane Crash of 1959


TODAY in the PAST: February 3rd, 1959

Plane Crash of 1959 Takes the Lives of Buddy, Richie and The Big Hopper

On February 3, 1959, in a tragic plane crash, the world of music lost the legendary Buddy Holly, the talented Mexican-American singer Richie Valence and the cheerful American DJ and singer The Big Bopper.  To remember them, we selected three memorable titles from these three wonderful artists we lost too young.

Buddy Holly


Buddy Holly – Everyday

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMezwtB1oCU&w=588&rel=0] Buddy Holly, born Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959)

Ritchie Valens – La Bamba (original version)

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp6j5HJ-Cok&w=588&rel=0] Ritchie Valens, born Richard Steven Valenzuela (May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959)

The Big Bopper – Chantilly Lace

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b-by5e4saI&w=588&rel=0]The Big Bopper, born Jiles Perry “J. P.” Richardson, Jr. (October 24, 1930 – February 3, 1959)