Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and pilot Roger Peterson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, shortly after takeoff from Mason City on a flight headed for Moorehead, Minnesota.
I remember hearing this news, despite the fact that I was very, very young at the time. A baby, practically. I loved the Big Bopper, and especially this song. (He had me at Hellooo, baby!)