Tags » Ritchie Valens

2017 Winter Dance Party Recap

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake is getting things back in order following the Winter Dance Party.

The annual event honors the lives of rock n roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and “The Big Bopper” who played their last concert at the surf before losing their lives in a plane crash in 1959. 98 more words


This Weekend: Buddy, Ritchie and the Bopper

Saturday night at 7 PM on “The Grooveyard”, we’ll look back at the artists who died in the plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa on February 3, 1959, frequently called “The Day the Music Died”.¬† 166 more words


The day the music died

This will¬†probably be one of the more lengthy blogs I’ll ever write.
About three weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party Tour – the only tribute in remembrance of these three that is endorsed by their families. 1,004 more words
Editorials & Opinions

The Last Day of the Rock & Roll Era

Rock & Roll and an early grave. “Live fast, die young, and leave a beautiful corpse.” It’s been fetishized, glamorized, and became the biggest Pop Culture cliche of the 20th Century, even as it continued a centuries old poetic obsession with romanticizing young death. 2,026 more words


The Day the Music died

On February 3, 1959, rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with pilot Roger Peterson. 484 more words