Buddy Holly – Ritchie Valens – Big Bopper – Plane Crash Site 1959 Newspaper

An incredibly rare original front page from the Tuesday, Feb. 3, 1959 Mason City, Iowa "Globe-Gazette," reporting the tragic plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper early that morning. Mason City is located only 9 miles from the Clear Lake, Iowa crash site, making this the hometown newspaper. The crash was the lead story, with 2 photographs of the crash site, and one each of Holly and Valens. There are two articles, titled "Nationally-Known Rock 'n' Rollers, Lake Man Victims" and "3 Singers Made Top Recordings," as well as the banner headline "Four Killed In Clear Lake Plane Crash" (The New York Times carried this story on Page 66 !) This is one of only two known copies of this important historical artifact. While reprints of this historic front page have been produced over the years, this is the original front page from the "Home Edition," printed the day of the crash–often referred to as "The Day The Music Died." This page is in overall excellent condition, with flattened folds, and and light, even toning–it will frame wonderfully. This was exhibited at the Cartier Foundation in the museum exhibition "ROCK 'N' ROLL: 39-59;" so we can truly say this is a museum quality collectible.

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