57 years ago today in 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash in Mason City, Iowa. Otherwise known as the Day the Music Died. But there's more to the story.

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Before starting out on the Winter Dance Party Tour, both Buddy Holly and his wife had disturbing, prophetic dreams. Maria Elena had a dream about a fireball crashing into a field. Buddy, on the same night, dreamed about getting on a plane and leaving Maria on top of a building. Buddy felt guilty in his dream but had convinced her to stay behind while he toured.

Here's a bit more from The Curse of Buddy Holly:

While Holly was touring England in 1958, he received an ominous message from Joe Meek, a British recording engineer and producer. On a night in January of that year, Meek had attended a tarot reading. The message delivered that night was "February third, Buddy Holly, dies." Holly thanked Meek for the warning, but did not seem concerned since February the third had already passed. Buddy Holly would die on 3 February 1959.


The Winter Dance Party was plagued with problems. The tour buses continually broke down, the heaters refused to work, and both The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens had taken ill. Holly's drummer, Carl Bunch, had to leave the tour after he suffered severe frostbite on his feet. Holly's last song, "It Doesn't Matter Anymore," was released shortly before his death. After the fatal plane crash, Maria Elena Holly miscarried the only child of Buddy Holly.

If you have some time today, The Curse of Buddy Holly is a good read.