Day the Music Died


Proper Noun

  • February 3rd, 1959, the day when American rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and "The Big Bopper" J. P. Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with pilot Roger Peterson.
  • Any other day perceived in an extremely sad light, especially one in which a musician or musicians died, or in which negative consequences to the music industry were otherwise caused.


  • Coined in 1971 by singer-songwriter Don McLean, in his song "American Pie".

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