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Born on this day: February 3, 1935 - R&B/blues singer and guitarist Johnny "Guitar" Watson (born John Watson, Jr. in Houston, TX). Happy Birthday to Johnny on what would have been his 79th Birthday.
On this day in music history: February 3, 1959 - Musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper (JP Richardson) and pilot Roger Petersen are killed when their chartered plane crashes fifteen miles northwest of Mason City, IA. They had been in route to Fargo, ND. Holly initially charters the plane for himself and his band members after traveling on a tour bus that constantly breaks down and whose heating system rarely works. Richardson and Valens (the latter of the two wins his seat on the plane via a coin toss with Holly's guitarist Tommy Allsup) join him. An investigation by the CAB (Civil Aeronautics Board) determines the cause of the crash to be pilot error and inclement weather. Petersen who is not qualified to fly an aircraft with navigational instruments, will misread the plane's gyroscope, believing that the plane is gaining altitude, when it was in fact going in the opposite direction. The single engine Beechcraft Bonanza will crash on the property of farmer Albert Juhl, where the bodies of all four passengers and the wreckage will be discovered nearly ten hours after the accident. The tragic event will be known as "The Day the Music Died."