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The Day the Music Died

Yes, it’s the anniversary of the plane crash in 1959 that killed early rock and roll star Buddy Holly, as well as Ritchie Valens and J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson.

Buddy Holly is known for the songs “That’ll Be The Day” and “Peggy Sue.”

Ritchie Valens had a big hit with “La Bamba.”

The Big Bopper is known for “Chantilly Lace.”

It’s known as “The Day the Music Died,” thanks in large part to Don McLean’s 1971 ballad, “American Pie.”

To see a live version of that song by McLean go here.

To read more about the event, try these pages from FiftiesWeb.

For more about the connection between McLean and the event, FifitesWeb also offers this annotated lyric sheet for “American Pie.”

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