Clear Lake, Iowa, Feb. 3 (UPI)
Three of the nation's top rock 'n roll singing stars — Ritchie Valens, J. P. (The Big Bopper) Richardson, and Buddy Holly — died today with their pilot in the crash of a chartered plane.
The singers, members of a rock 'n roll troupe touring Midwest cities, died because they wanted to make a fast hop between dates so they could get their shirts laundered.
Following an appearance before 1000 fans at Clear Lake last night, they chartered a plane at the Mason City Airport, two miles east of here, and took off at 1:50 AM for Fargo, North Dakota. Their Bonanza four-seat single engine plane crashed minutes later.
The plane skidded across the snow for 558 feet.The wreckage and the bodies were not discovered until long after dawn. The other members of the troupe, including singer Frankie Sardo, the "Crickets," and "Dion and the Belmonts," made the trip by bus. Although grief-stricken, their performance tonight in Moorhead, Minn., took place as scheduled...
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