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The event known as “The Day the Music Died” happened on February 3, 1959. Buddy Holly, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, Ritchie Valens and their pilot all died when their plane crashed in Iowa. But there were some other musicians who should have been on the aircraft that weren’t. One of them was Waylon Jennings, and before the plane took off he said something that would forever haunt him.

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Of course, it’s easy to look back in hindsight and observe the mistakes that led to the plane crash. But Jennings couldn’t possibly have known what would was about to transpire. And it happened while all the musicians in question – Holly, Richardson, Valens, Jennings, plus Carl Bunch, Tommy Allsup, and the band Dion and the Belmonts – were on tour together.

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