February 3, 1959: “The Day The Music Lived”

Feb 3, 2012
9:59 pm

Much has been written and sung about February 3, 1959 (The Day The Music Died), when three of rock-and-roll's bright young stars, Ritchie Valens, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, and Buddy Holly, died in a tragic plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. In 1959, rock and roll was a new and fresh style, a music that hadn't the reached mainstream appeal it has now. The crash resonated with millions, especially since these three talents were young and had a future as bright as galaxies.

But that is the beauty of music. Even though we lost the stars, their music still lives. On the 53rd anniversary of this day, here are some of our favorite songs from these three talented musicians.

Buddy Holly: "Learning the Game"


Ritchie Valens: "Come On, Let's Go"


The Big Bopper: "Strange Kisses"