February 03, 1959... rising American rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson are killed when their chartered Beechcraft Bonanza plane crashes in Iowa a few minutes after takeoff from Mason City on a flight headed for Moorehead, Minnesota. Holly and his band, the Crickets, had just scored a No. 1 hit with "That'll Be the Day."

On February rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with pilot Roger Peterson.

The original rockstar look.                                                       Buddy Holly raves on.

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February day the music died. A plane carrying The Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly crashes near Clear Lake, Iowa, taking the lives of the three stars.

Ritchie Valens - Birth name	Richard Steven Valenzuela  Born	May 13, 1941  Origin	Pacoima, California, United States  Died	February 3, 1959 (aged 17)  Grant Township, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States  Genres	rock and roll, chicano rock  Occupations	singer, songwriter and guitarist  Instruments	Guitar, vocals  Years active	1957–1959  Labels	Del-Fi Records  Website	www.ritchievalens.com

Ritchie Valens died in the plane crash that also took Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper, but we'll remember him for La Bamba.

Ritchie Valens 1941-1959 (Age 17) Died in a plane crash

Ritchie Valens

Ritchie Valens died on February 1959 at age He died in a plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper.

The day the music died.  On February 3, 1959, a small-plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, killed three American rock and roll pioneers: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, as well as the pilot, Roger Peterson

The day the music died. On February a small-plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, killed three American rock and roll pioneers: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.

Ritchie Valens (born Valenzuela) was only 17 and already had a several big hits when he died along with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper on Feb 3, 1959.

Ritchie Valens was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. A rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement, Valens' recording career lasted only eight months.

Bopper, Richie and Buddy, just before getting on the plane

"The day the music died". Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and "The Big Bopper", died in a plane crash 55 years ago

Ritchie Valens and the Birth of Latino Rock | Rock and Roll: An American Story

How did Ritchie Valens meld traditional Mexican music and Rock and Roll, marking the birth of Latino Rock?

Ritchie Valens was a Mexican-American singer and songwriter. He recorded numerous hits during his short career, most notably the 1958 hit "La Bamba." Valens died at age 17 in a plane crash with fellow musicians Buddy Holly and J. P. Richardson on February 3, 1959, a day later called The Day the Music Died by Don McLean in his song "American Pie."

Ritchie Valens was a Mexican-American singer and songwriter. He recorded numerous hits during his short career, most notably the 1958 hit "La Bamba.

"La Bamba" (1987). Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of singer Ritchie Valens (Lou Diamond Phillips) whose life was cut short by a plane crash.

La Bamba (1987)

La Bamba ( 1987 ) Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of singer Ritchie Valens whose life was cut short by a plane crash.

Famous 1950's singers Buddy Holly,The Big Bopper Richie Valens were killed in an air plane crash on 3-3-1959. March 3rd,1959 is known as THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED.

The Big Bopper (J P Richardson), Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. February 1959 - The day the music died. All died in a tragic plane crash along with pilots Roger Peterson.

'Winter Dance Party Featuring Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens' And More! - Fantastic A4 Glossy Print Taken From A Vintage Concert Poster by Unknown http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00H6YWM90/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_puXmvb19QGPG7

Winter Dance Party 1959 poster advertising performances by Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens who all died in a plane crash on February 1959 during the tour. It's now referred to as "The Day the Music Died.

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