“A long, long time ago, I can still remember…” February 3rd, 1959. Three of the brightest stars in the rock ‘n roll galaxy – Buddy Holly, the bespectacled frontman of the Crickets; Ritchie Valens, the first crossover Latino artist in rock; and JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson, a famous DJ making waves with his first hit records – boarded a small plane after the eleventh show on the Winter Dance Party tour to skip an arduous 400 mile journey between performance stops and escape the bitter Midwestern winter cold.
They would not reach their destination.
The day of the plane crash that killed some of rock’s most promising players would come to be known as “The Day the Music Died”, and would change music history for all time. This episode we dive into the careers of Holly, Valens, and the Big Bopper, what got them on that airplane that fateful winter night, and the horrifying crash that snuffed out their lives forever…but would prove unable to eliminate their legacy, one that can be felt even today.
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