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   Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Day the Music Died.'

February 3, 1959, is forever known as 'The Day the Music Died,' when an airplane carrying rock legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. 'The Big Bopper' Richardson crashed in a field in Fargo, North Dakota. There are some facts you may not know about that horrible event.

10. Haunted For the Rest of His Life
Waylon Jennings had originally intended to be on the plane that evening, but he gave up his seat to an ailing Big Bopper. Holly and Jennings joked around before take-off, with Jennings jesting that he hoped the plane crashed. That remark would haunt Jennings for the rest of his life, causing him to feel responsible for the accident.

9. Buddy Holly's Band Was The Only Backup
The 'Winter Party Tour' organizers were either so cheap or so ignorant; they only had one backing band for all acts to use. The group belonged to Buddy Holly, all of whom were recent arrivals after his acrimonious split with The Crickets in 1958.

8. Poor Pilot Training
The pilot that evening was Roger Peterson, a 21-year-old ill-prepared to handle a major flight in poor weather conditions and relying solely on eyesight. Peterson had also failed his instrument tests, especially since he was trained with the improper equipment to begin with.

7. Where The Plane Went Down
The plane crashed just six miles away from the airport in Mason City where they took off. Authorities took off from Mason City, flying the intended route on the way to Fargo, and located the plane near Clear Lake, Iowa.

6. Poor Planning plagued the Tour
It's widely recognized that the 'Winter Party Tour' was poorly planned. Distances between tour stops were not taken into account, making for uneven travel time. The tour bus supplied wasn't built for lengthy touring in cold weather, either. Tour stops were also added at the last minute, including the one they had just finished playing that fateful evening on Feb. 2, 1959.

5. Sometimes It Pays To Be Cheap
Legendary teen rocker Dion DiMucci was offered a seat on the plane, but he balked at the fee everyone boarding had to pay. Just imagine if Dion had decided to spend the money. His biggest hits were still ahead of him.

4. The Flu
J.P. Richardson, better known as 'The Big Bopper,' landed a seat on the ill-fated plane due to suffering from the flu. In fact, the flu had spread throughout the entire touring band, perhaps clouding better judgment as a result.

3. Inspiration For Later Music
Eddie Cochran was the first music star to record a tribute song about 'The Day the Music Died,' with the song 'Three Stars.' It wasn't released until 1972, 13 years after Cochran's death in a car accident. More famously, Don McLean scored a No. 1 smash hit with his epic 1972 song 'American Pie.' Ironically, both songs were released by United Artists Records mere months apart.

2. A Lethal Coin Toss
Ritchie Valens and Holly band member Tommy Allsup tossed a coin to determine who would get the last seat on the plane. Valens may have won the coin toss, but ended up losing big time in the end.

1. 'Twas Laundry That Killed The Music
Contrary to popular belief, Buddy Holly's tour bus had not broken down at the last minute, although it was ill-equipped to handle the wintery weather. Holly had decided that he could do his laundry and relax if he were to charter a plane since it would depart later, yet reach the next destination sooner. It turned out to be a fatal mistake.