the day the music died

Fans Pay Emotional Tribute On The 60th Anniversary Of 'The Day The Music Died'
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It's hard to believe, but it's been 60 years since a plane crash killed 22-year-old Buddy Holly, 28-year-old J.P. Richardson aka The Big Bopper, and 17-year-old Ritchie Valens in what's been remembered as "the day the music died" after singer Don McLean referred to it as such in his song "American Pie."

If the reaction from fans around the globe is any indication, it's clear that the legacy of these three musicians lives on.

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