The Winter Dance Party comes to Marshall this year with tribute artists playing hits by Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, January 15, at Marshall’s Memorial Auditorium. John Mueller performs Buddy Holly singles such as “That’ll Be the Day;” Ray Anthony portrays the energy of Ritchie Valens in “La Bamba;” and Linwood Sasser performs “Chantilly Lace” as Big Bopper.

Holly, Valens, and Richardson were on the road with the original Winter Dance Party Tour of 1959 when all three died in a fatal plane crash in a cornfield February 2, 1959. Their chartered plane traveled only five miles after leaving Clear Lake, Iowa, en route to Moorhead, Minnesota. The world was shocked to lose the three young talents whose careers had just begun. February 2 is now widely remembered as “The Day the Music Died” as penned by Don McLean in the song “American Pie.”

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