It’s been 50 years since three rock and roll stars were killed in a plane crash. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died after their plane crashed just after 1 a.m. Feb. 3, a few miles the Mason City Municipal Airport, near Clear Lake, Iowa. They had been performing at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake Iowa.
Tonight, the Surf Ballroom and Museum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum are hosting a tribute to the the musicians. Several media outlets have written about tonight’s performance or the plane crash.
According to CNN, The event has echoed through rock ‘n’ roll history for 50 years, representing, if not the end of rock ‘n’ roll itself, the close of an era, the end of the first bloom of rock anarchy and innovation.
From the Mason City (Iowa) Globe Gazette: Graham Nash said there’s a simple reason why so many performers have come to Clear Lake this week to pay tribute to Buddy Holly. “We’re giving back,” he said Sunday during a symposium featuring British musicians at E.B. Stillman Auditorium.
The Minnesota Star-Tribune had a Q&A with Holly’s widow, Maria Elena Holly. Maria Elena Holly was a newlywed and mother-to-be when husband Buddy Holly’s plane crashed in Iowa 50 years ago. Now, she returns to the venue where Buddy staged his last concert and takes time to answer a wide range of questions about the legacy of her husband’s music and the circumstances leading up to when the music died.