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Remembering 'the day the music died'

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February 3, 1959 -- It's the date often referred to as "The Day The Music Died."

Immortalized in the lyrics of Don MacLean's "American Pie," that was the day musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, along with pilot Roger Peterson, were killed when their charter plane crashed shortly after takeoff from an airport in Clear Lake, Iowa.


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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
(218) 844-1454