We're far too young to remember Buddy Holly or the Big Bopper. When we hear the name "Ritchie Valens" we think Lou Diamond Phillips. Don McLean's "American Pie" is just a long but catchy tune.
But on Feb. 3, 1959, a Beechcraft Bonanza went down en route to Fargo, N.D., killing all aboard. The passengers were Buddy Holly, 22; J.P. Richardson, a 28-year-old DJ known as the Big Bopper; and Ritchie Valens, 17.
The day the music died? Apparently not. But a helluva story. Click here and you'll find a great page of photos from Feb. 1, 1959, when the doomed men played Wisconsin. The color slides are crisp and give you a solid feel for the primitive, innocent world of popular music, 1959.