Don McLean- American Pie
Buddy Holly- That'll Be The Day
"Big Bopper"- White Lightening
La Bamba- Ritchie Valens
On this day, 3 February, 1959: Buddy Holly killed in air crash
Three young rock 'n' roll stars were killed in a plane crash in the United States on this day in 1959.
- BUDDY HOLLY, born Charles Hardin Holley, 22yo; That'll Be The Day
- THE BIG BOPPER, born Jiles P Richardson, 28yo; Chantilly Lace
- RITCHIE VALENS, born Richard Valenzuela, 17yo; the first Mexican American to break into mainstream music; Donna and La Bamba
Holly was commemorated in the musical BUDDY which opened in London in 1986.
Mexican American group Los Lobos achieved a hit with LA BAMBA when they collaborated on the 1987 film of the same name, a biography of Ritchie Valens.
Don McLean immortalised the tragedy with his 1972 hit American Pie.
--- BBC on this day