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The Day the music died

Fifty-one years ago today, a chartered Beechcraft Bonanza carrying Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens crashed in a cornfield near Clear Lake, Iowa, killing all on board.

The three had been a part of the Winter Dance Party Tour and were on their way to Appleton and Green Bay, Wis., for the 10th stop on the tour.

There have been movies ("The Buddy Holly Story" and "La Bamba") and a song (Don McLean's "American Pie" and Five for Fighting's "Slice" ) that pay tribute to what is now known as the Day the Music Died.

Here's to you Buddy, Bopper and Ritchie.