Feb 3, 1959:  The day the music died! 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. Investigators blamed the crash on bad weather and pilot error. Holly and his band, the Crickets, had just scored a No. 1 hit with "That'll Be the Day."

Feb 3, 1959: The day the music died! 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. Investigators blamed the crash on bad weather and pilot error. Holly and his band, the Crickets, had just scored a No. 1 hit with "That'll Be the Day."

The site of the Buddy Holly plane crash Feb. 3, 1959, five miles north of Clear Lake, Iowa. / Photo courtesy of Mason City Globe-Gazette. Click pic for more of the story.

The site of the Buddy Holly plane crash Feb. 3, 1959, five miles north of Clear Lake, Iowa. / Photo courtesy of Mason City Globe-Gazette. Click pic for more of the story.

The place, the music, died. Off State Road 20, north of Clear Lake Iowa.  Site of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and others.

The place, the music, died. Off State Road 20, north of Clear Lake Iowa. Site of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and others.

The old Drive-In Theatre between Clear Lake and Mason City, Iowa.  Many a night spent here! We would hide people in the trunk to get them in free (not that it would have cost that much anyway ;)

The old Drive-In Theatre between Clear Lake and Mason City, Iowa. Many a night spent here! We would hide people in the trunk to get them in free (not that it would have cost that much anyway ;)

Visit the adorable Historical Village in #Pella, #Iowa. Twenty-four buildings surround a courtyard with red brick walkways, blossoming trees, and beautiful tulip gardens. Some of the buildings have been on the site for more than 150 years; others were moved in and restored.

Visit the adorable Historical Village in #Pella, #Iowa. Twenty-four buildings surround a courtyard with red brick walkways, blossoming trees, and beautiful tulip gardens. Some of the buildings have been on the site for more than 150 years; others were moved in and restored.

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