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The tragic 1959 plane crash that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson was rock and roll's first big tragedy. Strangely enough, 40 years later, the crash is still the subject of much controversery and conversation. On this page, discover for yourself the circumstances, stories and pictures of Feb. 3, 1959...a day the world mourned. And still does. 

"I can't remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride but something touched me deep inside, the day the music died..  "Don Mclean-1971-American Pie











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