On Feb. 3, 1959 a small plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa.
All three musicians were killed.
In the 51 years that have passed, they have become legends, famously immortalized in Don McLean's song "American Pie," where he dubs the tragic day as "the day the music died."
Buddy Holly is known for such hits as "Peggy Sue" and "Oh Boy."
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Ritchie Valens is best known for "La Bamba" and "Oh Donna."
And The Big Bopper was the big voice behind the hit "Chantilly Lace."
To learn more about the artists and hear some of their music, check out the links to the left.