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The Day The Music Died


Buddy Holly memorial at the crash site

Well-known rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with pilot Roger Peterson. The day later became known as The Day the Music Died. The event has since been mentioned in various songs and films.
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    • Essentials 

    • Background 

    • Flight arrangements 

    • Take-off and crash 

    • Aftermath 

    • Official investigation 

    • Subsequent investigations 

    • Legacy