For those of us who grew up in the 50's - Feb 3,1959 was a sad day when Rock and Roll legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa
This is the bus that was a contributor to the disaster.
The journey began in 1959 when singer Buddy Holly was on what would become known as the “tour from hell” during a bitterly cold jaunt across the upper Midwest.
He was performing in small music halls with other artists of the day, including Waylon Jennings, The Big Bopper, Dion and Ritchie Valens.
When the bus broke down, yet again, after a performance at the Duluth Armory in Clear Lake, Wis., he’d had enough. So he, Valens and the Bopper chartered a small plane at Mason City.
Their Bonanza Beechcraft crashed minutes after takeoff into a nearby cornfield, killing all aboard.
The incident was memorialized in the Don McClain song, “The Day the Music Died.”
It (the Bus) is now located at the XXX Root Beer Drive-in - located in Washington State.
I can remember the sad day.
I appreciate all the comments – I find them very encouraging. My primary photography is flowers and landscapes along with my grandkids.
Most of my photos are, “as they were taken.” I do work with lighting or darkening them in many cases but use very little “photo-shopping” If I do adjust them – I try to mention it.
My goal is to I try to keep my photography as photography and not turn it into art. While I do love the retouched photos, I personally think they become art and not photography – just my opinion.