The Day the Music Died



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Y/M/D Description Place
1959/02/02 Ritchie Valens wins a seat on Buddy Holly's chartered plane to Hector Airport, Fargo Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake
1959/02/02 Dion declines a seat on the Holly's charted plane to Fargo. He can't justify the indulgence since the fare of $36 is the same as a month's rent for an apartment. Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake
1959/02/02 Waylon Jennings gives his seat on the plane to J P "The Big Bopper" Richardson, Richardson was suffering from the flu. Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake
1959/02/02 To avoid the bitter cold on the bus, Buddy Holly charters a plane that could bring 3 passengers to Hector Airport, Fargo, North Dakota
1959/02/03 Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and their pilot Roger Peterson are killed in a plane crash less than 6 miles from Mason City Municipal Airport, 0.4 mi E of Gull Ave near 315th St. Clear Lake, Iowa
1959/02/04 Don McLean learns of Buddy Holly's death while folding newspapers for his paper route
1971/05/26 Don McLean records his song "American Pie" (The Day the Music Died) in honor of Buddy Holly

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