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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, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.