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February  03, 1959: The Day The Music Died.  

The infamous story of Buddy Holly (Charles Hardin Holley), Richie Valens (Richard Valenzuela) and The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry Richardson) along with their pilot Roger A. Peterson, killed in an airplane crash on a snowy winter day.  Normally a tragic accident . . . Except the questions and answers don’t always add up including odd circumstances.

The pilot did not file a flight plan.  Was he hiding his destination?

Waylon Jennings gave up his seat on the plane to The Big Bopper.  Was his comments about their crashing a joke or a premonition?  Or worse?

Tommy Allsup lost his seat to Vallens on the toss of a coin.  Was it a rigged toss?

Allsup’s wallet was found in the wreckage.

There was no evidence of engine problems.

There were reports that a gun found in the crash had been fired.

The plane was taken to a barn for storage and possible inspection at a later date.  But it  vanished.

The artists were part of  “The Winter Dance Party Tour”.  In addition to those killed, Dion and the Belmonts were also performers in the Tour.

The survivors of the crash went on to be successful.  Very successful.

Bobby Vee was selected to fill in the gaps.  It launched his career.

The most interesting part of this mystery is that Del-Fi Records had contracts with at least one of the victims, maybe more.  Were there insurance policies?

Coincidentally Del-Fi Records also had a contract with Bobby Fuller, which reportedly also included a Million dollar insurance policy.  

Del-Fi also had a contract with Sam Cooke.  

A mystery that clouds the fact that Blues and Rock took a major hit 02-03-59.

 

LINKS:

Wikipedia Listing

The Buddy Holly Center

Crash Site

Fifties Web The Day The Music Died

Official report

Coroner’s Report

Holly Death Report

Ritchie Valens

Official Big Bopper

Buddy Holly Bio

Plane Pix