Buddy Holly, J.P (Big Bopper) Richardson, Ritchie Valens and a 21-year-old pilot died early on this day in 1959 near Clear Lake, Iowa, as the small plane they were traveling in crashed on a snowy night.

Here’s Holly and his Crickets with “Not Fade Away:”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.