Buddy Holly plane crash – Harrowing images from tragic accident that rocked the music world 62 years ago today


THESE are the harrowing images from the tragic plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and rocked the music world 62 years ago today.

Charles Hardin Holley – professionally known as Buddy Holly – died alongside his fellow Rock-and-roll stars Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson on February 3, 1959.

Buddy Holly was killed in a plane crash at age 22

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Buddy Holly was killed in a plane crash at age 22Credit: Alamy
The small plane crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa

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The small plane crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa

All three were killed in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, as they were traveling to Moorhead, Minnesota.

Their pilot, 21-year-old Roger Peterson, also died when their chartered 1947 Beechcraft Bonanza plane crashed just minutes after taking off in Mason City, Iowa.

February 3, 2021, marks the 62nd anniversary of the plane crash.

Holly, Valens, and Richardson were memorialized by legendary singer-songwriter Don McLean approximately 12 years after the crash.

Two months after the accident a local farmer found Holly's belongings, consisting of his eyeglass frames without the lenses, a watch band, watch, and dice

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Two months after the accident a local farmer found Holly’s belongings, consisting of his eyeglass frames without the lenses, a watch band, watch, and diceCredit: Getty Images – Getty
February 3, 2021, marks the 62nd anniversary of the plane crash that left Buddy Holly dead

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February 3, 2021, marks the 62nd anniversary of the plane crash that left Buddy Holly deadCredit: Handout
Buddy Holly, center, died on February 3, 1959

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Buddy Holly, center, died on February 3, 1959Credit: Michael Ochs Archives – Getty
The body of one of the singers killed is seen on the ground after the 1959 crash

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The body of one of the singers killed is seen on the ground after the 1959 crashCredit: Corbis – Getty
This photo shows debris spread out across the crash scene and the mangled red-and-white Beechcraft Bonanza plane

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This photo shows debris spread out across the crash scene and the mangled red-and-white Beechcraft Bonanza planeCredit: Getty Images – Getty

McLean released his hit song “American Pie” in 1971 about the horror February accident.

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Some of lyrics to the eight-minute and 36-second song were as follows: “But February made me shiver. With every paper I’d deliver .Bad news on the doorstep. I couldn’t take one more step.

“I can’t remember if I cried. When I read about his widowed bride. Something touched me deep inside. The day the music died.”

Photographs from the crash scene show the body of one of the three singers killed in the single-engine plane crash.

Buddy Holly died alongside his fellow Rock-and-roll stars Ritchie Valens and J.P. 'The Big Bopper' Richardson

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Buddy Holly died alongside his fellow Rock-and-roll stars Ritchie Valens and J.P. ‘The Big Bopper’ RichardsonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Flowers are seen at memorial for Buddy Holly on Friday, Jan. 9, 2009

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Flowers are seen at memorial for Buddy Holly on Friday, Jan. 9, 2009Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Buddy Holly, top left, takes a photo with his group Buddy Holly & The Crickets

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Buddy Holly, top left, takes a photo with his group Buddy Holly & The CricketsCredit: Michael Ochs Archives – Getty
Holly, who was born in Lubbock, Texas, was a country music singer before changing his style to Rock-and-Roll

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Holly, who was born in Lubbock, Texas, was a country music singer before changing his style to Rock-and-RollCredit: Getty – Contributor

The photograph appears to show one of the men facedown on the ground after the plane crashed in a snow-covered farm

Another photo shows debris spread out across the crash scene and the mangled red-and-white Beechcraft Bonanza plane.

Two months after the accident a local farmer found Holly’s belongings, consisting of his eyeglass frames without the lenses, a watch band, watch, and dice.

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Other objects left behind are believed to be Big Bopper’s watch back plate and a Zippo lighter.

The items collected at the crash site were placed in an envelope with the names of the deceased handwritten on it.

According to a new release, The Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas, “will be offering free admission on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021, and will be showing hourly screenings of the Buddy Holly documentary film The Buddy I Knew by Larry Holley.”

Holly, who was born in Lubbock, Texas, was a country music singer before changing his style to Rock-and-Roll.




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