The Day the Music Died
A CultureMap®
by James Waller
Published on 8/14/14
7 TOPICS / 8 CONNECTIONS

February 3, 1959, was a rotten day for rock and roll. In the wee hours of that morning, a plane carrying three young pop stars crashed shortly after takeoff from an airfield in Iowa. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper (along with the pilot) were killed—a tragedy memorialized in Don McLean’s ballad “American Pie.” Unfortunately, that day wouldn’t be the last on which the beat suddenly stopped.

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“American Pie”
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Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly
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“Three Stars”

“Not Fade Away”
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Buddy Holly

“Not Fade Away”
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27 Club

“American Pie”
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27 Club

Altamont Concert
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27 Club

“American Pie”
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Charles Manson