Iowa’s Buddy Holly Memorial Is A Quintessential Roadside Attraction

For most of America, “The Day The Music Died”  – when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson tragically died in a plane crash – is commemorated in the famous Don McLean song, American Pie. Many music fans are too young now to remember the tragedy itself, but if you’re a historian or musician who grew up in Iowa, you can make the pilgrimage to the sacred site of the crash to pay tribute to the musical legends themselves.

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You can learn more about the Buddy Holly plane crash itself, and listen to the early morning radio broadcasts that broke the news to the world, right here.

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