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February 03, 2014 8:48 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

Buddy Holly, J.P (Big Bopper) Richardson, Ritchie Valens and a 21-year-old pilot died early on this day in 1959 near Clear Lake, Iowa, as the small plane they were traveling in crashed on a snowy night.

Here’s Holly and his Crickets with “Not Fade Away:”

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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