This Day in Texas History: Teenage Idol Buddy Holly Dies in Plane Crash
This Day in Texas History:
(from the Texas State Historical Association archives)
Teenage Idol Buddy Holly Dies in Plane Crash
February 03, 1959
After a show on the night of February 2 in Clear Lake, Holly, J. P. Richardson (the “Big Bopper“), and Ritchie Valens took off in a chartered plane for Fargo, North Dakota. The aircraft went down shortly after take-off, and all aboard were killed.
The innovative Holly and his group, the Crickets, had achieved a high level of fame that persists more than forty years later. In Lubbock, Holly’s hometown, a large statue of the musician stands near the Lubbock Memorial Center.