On February 3, 1959, pioneer and rock ‘n’ roll innovator, Buddy Holly, boarded a plane with touring partners Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper headed towards a Winter Dance Party tour stop in Fargo, North Dakota. Tragically, the plane carrying the three legendary singers went down in Iowa and there were no survivors.
After singer-songwriter Don McLean released his hit, “American Pie,” the tragic incident forever became known as The Day the Music Died.
Holly and his band had just scored a No. 1 hit with his, “That’ll Be The Day,” but right before the tour started, Holly had terminated his contract the Crickets and enlisted Waylon Jennings to join him on the road as his bass player. Jennings famously gave up his seat on the plane so The Big Bopper could take his place.
Waylon Jennings Tells the Story of The Day the Music Died
“A Long Time Ago”
Don’t ask me who I gave my seat to on that plane | I think you already know
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