It was 49 years ago on February 3, 1959 Lubbock native Buddy Holly died in a plane crash during a snow storm in Iowa. Sunday, the Buddy Holly Center honored the life and legacy of Holly, one of the founding fathers of rock and roll.
Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, The Big Bopper, took off from Clear Lake, Iowa, but never made it to Fargo, North Dakota. It crashed shortly after its 1 A.M. takeoff in a snow-storm. The crash killed the three entertainers and the pilot.
The singers were performing together on a concert tour.
One of the backup singers was supposed to be on the plane, but he gave his seat up to Richardson. That fateful survivor was Waylon Jennings.
Buddy Holly, who was born Charles Hardin Holley, was just 22 when he died.
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