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The Day the Music Died

The Day the Music Died

February 3rd, 1959, is a day that will live on in infamy as the “day the music died.” On this date, a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa took the lives of three young musicians on the rise: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. The loss of these three stars dealt a devastating blow to the young rock and roll community, and their deaths continue to resonate more than 60 years later. For many fans, the “day the music died” marks the end of an era; an era of innocence and optimism; an era when rock and roll was fresh, new, and exciting. It was a time when anything seemed possible and when young people were leading the charge into a bright future. The loss of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Richardson was a tragedy, but their legacy continues to inspire new generations of music lovers. February 3rd may be a sad day in history, but it’s also a day to celebrate the enduring power of rock and roll.

Enjoy some rock and roll activities and remember the stars with these resources!

Activity Ideas:

  • Pay tribute to Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J. P. Richardson (aka The Big Bopper) – here
  • Enjoy Buddy, Richie & Big Bopper song lyrics and facts – here
  • Have a go at our Buddy Holly Quiz – here