j. p. richardson


On February 3, 1959, rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with the pilot, Roger Peterson. The event later became known as “The Day the Music Died”, after singer-songwriter Don McLean so referred to it in his song “American Pie”.

At the time, Holly and his band, consisting of Waylon Jennings, Tommy Allsup, and Carl Bunch, were playing on the “Winter Dance Party” tour across the Midwest. Rising artists Valens and Richardson had joined the tour as well.

The long journeys between venues on board the cold, uncomfortable tour buses adversely affected the performers, with cases of flu and even frostbite. After stopping at Clear Lake to perform, and frustrated by such conditions, Holly fatefully decided to charter a plane to reach their next venue in Moorhead, Minnesota. Richardson, who had flu, swapped places with Jennings, taking the latter’s seat on the plane, while Allsup lost his seat to Valens on a coin toss.

Soon after take-off, late at night and in poor, wintry weather conditions, the pilot lost control of the light aircraft, a Beechcraft Bonanza, which subsequently crashed into a cornfield, leaving no survivors.

“The Day the Music Died”
Buddy Holly, (pictured) Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, perished in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, on February 3, 1959.

With Rock ‘n Roll stagnating in the mainstream at an unprecedented level. We need the likes of y’all more than ever guys…

February 3rd, the day the music died

if you’ve ever heard the song American Pie by Don McLean, then you might recognize the lyrics “the day the music died”. If you’ve never heard it, i encourage you to because its awesome. on february 3rd 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. Richardson (aka the Big Bopper) all died in a plane crash. (these guys are also great and if you havent heard them i encourage you to) but just a little reminder that today, as put by McLean, is the day the music died. RIP guys.


The Day the Music Died - plane crash news report