On a February 3, 1959 tour of the Midwest, rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and “The Big Bopper” J. P. Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with pilot Roger Peterson.
In 1971 “The Day the Music Died” by Don McLean referred to the tragic day..
One of mt favorite singers, Waylon Jennings, was a touring member of Buddy Holly’s band on Feb. 3, 1959, when he gave up his seat in a small plane to the Big Bopper.
Jennings says he gave his seat to Richardson because “he had a bad cold, and he was a big guy.”
“We’d been driving around in this dinky school bus, and the seats were real uncomfortable for him; he just couldn’t get any rest at all. I can sleep anywhere, so I let him take the plane on ahead,” he said.