Dead were Buddy Holly, 22, of Lubbock, Tex.; Ritchie Valens, 17, of Los Angeles; J.P. (Big Bopper) Richardson, 24, of Beaumont, Tex., and Roger Peterson, 21, of Clear Lake, Iowa, the pilot.
Their troupe had appeared at the Surf Ballroom in nearby Clear Lake last night and they were flying in a chartered plane to Fargo, N.D., in advance of the troupe’s engagement there tonight. The others went by chartered bus.
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Valens recently finished his first motion picture, “Go Johnny! Go.” His first recording six months ago, “Donna,” sold more than a million copies, the Del-Fi Record Co. said.
Holly hit the rock ’n’ roll pinnacle with his recordings of “Peggy Sue” and “That’ll Be the Day.”
Both reportedly sold more than a million and a half copies.
Richardson was on leave as a disk jockey, singer and radio program director at station KTRM in Beaumont. His “Chantilly Lace” was rated by Billboard for a time as the third most played record and was released to 37 other countries.
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