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'The day the music died' was 60 years ago. Buddy Holly continues to live on through 'American Pie.'

Feb 05, 2019 - Washington Post Blogs

Buddy Holly was 22 years old when he died in a plane crash 60 years ago this week. Ritchie Valens was 17, and Jiles Perry Richardson Jr. (the Big Bopper) was 28 when the incident took their lives as well.

All three of these young men have now been dead nearly three times as long as they were alive. In that time, partially because of the crash, they've become such outsize cultural figures - Holly, especially - that it's almost difficult to imagine a world in which their lives weren't so bru...