The Riff
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The Riff

Music Crashed in a Field of Dreams

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper spirit live on

This is the market along the highway, pointing toward the crash site. All photos by author.

On a cold, snowy night 63 years ago, three of the early stars of rock and roll were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper were all killed instantly when the pilot lost control, and the plane crashed into a field.

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Teller of tales, many of which are actually true. Award-winning journalist, and the William Allen White Award for reporting.