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Today is 57 years since Buddy Holly died in plane crash on way to MN

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Wednesday marks 57 years to the day the music died.

Buddy Holly was due to perform Moorhead, Minnesota, along with fellow rock 'n' rollers Richie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, and had chartered a plane for the three of them to make the trip from Mason City, Iowa.

But Iowa was in the grip of a blizzard, and the plane came down shortly after take-off, crashing in a cornfield in the north of the state, killing the three stars and pilot Roger Peterson.

Don McLean referred to Feb. 3, 1959 as the "day the music died" in his 1971 hit "American Pie."

The Pioneer Press has a piece on the anniversary of Holly's death, telling the story of Holly's then bassist – country music star Waylon Jennings – who had given up his seat on the plane to Richardson and got on an unheated bus instead.

Holly reportedly joked "Well, I hope your ol' bus freezes over" to Jennings, who replied: "Well, I hope you ol' plane crashes," words that would come to haunt Jennings for years.

It was reported last March that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) was considering re-opening the investigation into the plane crash, after it received information that suggested it was wrong to blame Peterson for the plane coming down.

But KWTX reports the NTSB didn't find enough evidence to back up the assertion. The cause of the crash remains listed as pilot error, with snow a secondary cause.

Holly, whose biggest hits include "Peggy Sue" and "That'll Be The Day," was 22-years-old when he died, with Richardson aged 27 and Valens just 17.

The New York Daily News has republished its first report of the crash in 1959, saying the singing trio had "stirred millions of teenagers."

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