The day the music died

DSC_1687 (2)February the 3rd, 1959. A Tuesday. The day just started; it was shortly before 1 a.m. Three passengers and one pilot enter a small aeroplane in Clear Lake, Iowa. They were about to fly to Fargo, North Dakota, some 590 km away. Colleagues of them had to do the trip by car, but those three were the “lucky” ones; one with enough money, who chartered the flight, one with a flu who got the seat to not drive through the cold in a non-heated car, and the third one who won his place in a coin toss. They took off at 12:55 a.m., under wintery conditions, windy with a bit of snow. And not even 10 km further, they crashed into a corn field. All four of them died. The three passengers were Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper, three rock’n’roll stars from the late 50’s.


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