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Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly (AP photo)

Buddy Holly wowed audiences in the 1950’s, creating rock ‘n roll music for the ages that will live on forever.  His life was cut short at just age 23 on February 3, 1959 when he tragically died in a plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa. Lost in the wreckage were two other passengers, talented rockers Ritchie Valens, and “The Big Bopper” J. P. Richardson.

Left to reminisce about the lost musical icon was Buddy Holly’s family, former band mates, friends, fans and others.  Below are some interview videos and stories compiled by NIT for fans of Buddy Holly to watch and take a trip down memory lane:

Former Buddy Holly drummer Carl Bunch dies

Former Buddy Holly drummer Carl Bunch died “positive and at peace”

Anticipated crowd forces move of former Buddy Holly drummer Carl Bunch funeral service

Tribute & memory page established for former Buddy Holly drummer Carl Bunch

Should Buddy Holly plane crash investigation be re-opened?

Rudd man accused of stealing precious Buddy Holly heirlooms

Three Stars Plaza Project honors Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and JP Richardson

Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.

Surf Ballroom

Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake designated as Historic Place

Jay Richardson, son of “The Big Bopper” has passed away

Bopper Junior to host Winter Dance Party 2012 at Surf Ballroom

1959 Winter Dance Party performer Freddie Milano dead

Kids get rockin’ lesson at the Surf from Tommy Allsup

A family reunion for Ritchie Valens’ sister, Connie Valens Lemo

Guitar legend Tommy Allsup to release book at Surf Ballroom

2011 Winter Dance Party weekend underway in Surf Ballroom

Buddy Holly coin flip controversy lives on as Tommy Allsup speaks out

Buddy’s Buddies reaching a new generation