The Day The Music Was Re-Born: 17 tracks in Memory of Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper

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Today, on the 50th anniversary of that plane crash (which took place Feb. 3, 1959 in a field just outside Clearlake, Iowa), rather than dwell on the “death” of the music, I figured it was more appropriate to revel in the lives of these talented musicians—especially the 22-year-old Holly and 17-year-old Valens—who never had a chance to fully mature, but, in their short time with us, still left behind more than most people do in an entire life.

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Click here for That'll Be the Day (the Music Died): 50 Years Later, for artist commentary on Holly, Valens and Richardson from Paul Westerberg, Black Lips, Robyn Hithcock, John Doe, The Avett Brothers and many more.

Click here for a review of two Holly reissues, Memorial Collection and Down the Line: Rarities.

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