The day the music died. On February 3, 1959, a small-plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, killed three American rock and roll pioneers: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, as well as the pilot, Roger Peterson
February 03, 1959... rising American rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson are killed when their chartered Beechcraft Bonanza plane crashes in Iowa a few minutes after takeoff from Mason City on a flight headed for Moorehead, Minnesota. Holly and his band, the Crickets, had just scored a No. 1 hit with "That'll Be the Day."
Ritchie Valens (1941-1959) was just 17 when he died. A Mexican-American singer and songwriter, he recorded numerous hits during his short career, most notably the 1958 hit "La Bamba." Valens died in a plane crash with fellow musicians Buddy Holly and J. P. Richardson on February 3, 1959, a day that was later called 'The Day the Music Died' by Don McLean in his song "American Pie."
Singer/songwriter Ritchie Valens was born Today 5-13 in 1941 Ritchie Valens was born-- his life was cut short being killed in the famous plane crash 'the day the music died' in 1959, which took the lives of Buddy Holly and The Big Bobber as well. Some of his song include Donna, Come On Lets Go, and LaBamba.