49 years ago today, the world lost 3 of the most talented musicians it would ever see. Buddy Holly, JP "The Big Bopper" Richardson, and Ritchie Valens were killed when their airplane crashed in an Iowa cornfield in the early morning of February 3rd, 1959. Buddy Holly, aged 22 was well known for such hits as "Oh Boy", "Peggy Sue" and "Maybe Baby", was arguably the most infuental singer in the past 50 years, having an influence on artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan, to name just a few. The Big Bopper is best known for his song "Chantilly Lace", was the oldest of the three, aged 28. He had a 4 year old son at the time of his death, Jay Richardson, who performs tribute concerts around the world in memory of his father. Ritchie Valens was the youngest of the three, aged only 17 at the time of his death, best known for his smash hit "La Bamba", Valens is often referred to as a pioneer of Spanish rock and roll. Eddie Cochran recorded a tribute song to them titled "Three Stars", depicting how heaven gained three new stars with the death of the three singers (he himself would die a little more than a year later at age 21). In 1971, the three would find a new audience when Don McLean came out with his tribute song "American Pie", a song explaining his reaction the day he heard about the plane crash that killed Buddy, Bopper and Ritchie. The impact of their lives and deaths is still felt to this death, and leave everyone to wonder what could have been if they had lived.
The Big Bopper- Chantilly Lace
Ritchie Valens- La Bamba
Eddie Cochran- Three Stars
Don McLean- American Pie
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