By Drew Olson Special to Published Feb 03, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Today marks the 50th anniversary of one of rock's bigger tragedies. On Feb. 3, 1959, a small plane crashed in a corn field in Iowa, killing Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, known as "The Big Bopper."  

Here is a clip of Holly performing "Peggy Sue."

Here is footage from the scene of the plane crash:

  Here is a video of Ritchie Valens: 

  And, here is the Big Bopper doing "Chantilly Lace": 

Drew Olson Special to

Host of “The Drew Olson Show,” which airs 1-3 p.m. weekdays on The Big 902. Sidekick on “The Mike Heller Show,” airing weekdays on The Big 920 and a statewide network including stations in Madison, Appleton and Wausau. Co-author of Bill Schroeder’s “If These Walls Could Talk: Milwaukee Brewers” on Triumph Books. Co-host of “Big 12 Sports Saturday,” which airs Saturdays during football season on WISN-12. Former senior editor at Former reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.