TIME.com: Buddy Holly's 75th Birthday: Hollywood Pays Tribute to a Star Gone Too Soon

September 07, 2011
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TIME.com: Buddy Holly's 75th Birthday: Hollywood Pays Tribute to a Star Gone Too Soon

Happy 75th birthday, Buddy Holly. We sure do miss you.

Today would have been 1950s rocker Buddy Holly's big seven-five, had he not perished in a small plane crash along with Ritchie Valens, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, and the plane's pilot, Roger Peterson, on February 3, 1959 near Clear Lake, Iowa. Don McClean later gave the day a memorable name in his hit 1971 song "American Pie," marking Holly's death as "The Day the Music Died."


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