Jacquel Rassenworth on the Day The Music Died

Monument at the crash site of the airplane car...

Monument at the crash site of the airplane carrying Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens; “The Day the Music Died” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Believe it or not, today is the 55th anniversary of a tragic day in music history; a day when three young men were killed in a horrific plane crash. The news of their deaths broke the hearts of hundreds of girls and an entire nation mourned their passing.

Buddy Holly, J. P. Richardson (a.k.a. the Big Bopper), and Ritchie Valens were the biggest rock stars in their time. They were young men who sang love song that caused many girls who heard their music to swoon. The three men had chartered a small plane to take them to Minnesota to do a concert there.

But they never showed up, because the plane crashed and they were all killed.

Grieving families and a shocked nation had to say goodbye to the men who were taken from this world before their time. Their deaths were chronicled in the famous song by Don McLean, aptly dubbed “American Pie“.

It was the day the music died, but their songs will always live on.

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