The headlines read “3 Rock n’ Roll Starts Die” on February 3rd, 1959 as Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. Richardson were killed after their airplane crashed shortly after taking off from a Mason City, Iowa airport in what would later come to be known as “The Day the Music Died”.

The musicians had finished a show at Clear Lake’s famous Surf Ballroom and boarded a plane for the next leg of their tour.

In a Cedar Rapids Gazette article printed shortly after the crash it was reported that a frozen bus heater left the trio stranded in Tipton, Iowa a little more than a week prior to the accident. After the Clear Lake performance the three were quoted as saying they had enough of bus travel and chartered the plane.