J.P. Richardson, Buddy Holly, and what other pop culture icon died in a plane crash on this day in 1959?
Answer: On this day in 1959, a small-plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, killed three American rock and roll musicians: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Richardson also commonly known as The Big Bopper.
After mechanical difficulties with the tour bus, Holly had chartered a plane for his band to fly between stops on the Winter Dance Party Tour. However, Richardson, who had the flu, convinced Holly’s band member Waylon Jennings to give up his seat, and Ritchie Valens won a coin toss for another seat on the plane. The day was later called The Day the Music Died by Don McLean, in his song “American Pie”.