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List of rock stars and bands that died in planes crashes. Aviation accidents have been the cause of many famous fatalities (see the list Famous People who Died in Plane Crashes). In the music profession, especially, many young lives have been lost to accidents in the air. Over the decades several bands have died in airplane accidents as the world mourned. Young rock stars that died in a plane crash include Richie Valens, Buddy Holly and even country crooner and icon Patsy Cline. When the first two of those three perished along with the Big Bopper, it's famously been called "The Day the Music Died."

These recording artist that passed away in aviation accidents will always be remembered for their talent and gifts. Feel free to use this list as a starting point for your own recording artists list. Airplanes have been the cause of many celebrity deaths.

Who are some musicians and singer celebrities who died in plane crashes? This list gives that unfortunate answer.

See also: Sports Teams Killed in Airplane Crashes
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rock Stars and Bands that Died in Plane Crashes
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Tour mates Richie Valens, Buddy Holly, & the Big Bopper died in an airplane crash.

Charles Hardin Holley, known as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter, often considered one of the main figures of the rock and roll genre in the mid-1950s. Born in Lubbock, Texas, to a musical family during the Great Depression, Holly learned to play the guitar and sing with ...more

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Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars and Bands that Died in Plane Crashes
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Stephen Ray Vaughan, known as Stevie Ray Vaughan, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of blues music, and one of the ...more

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Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars and Bands that Died in Plane Crashes
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Virginia Patterson Hensley, known professionally as Patsy Cline, was an American singer. Part of the early 1960s Nashville sound, Cline successfully "crossed over" to pop music. She died at the age of 30 in a multiple-fatality crash in the private plane of her manager, Randy Hughes. She was one of ...more

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Ritchie Valens is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars and Bands that Died in Plane Crashes
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Richard Steven Valenzuela, known professionally as Ritchie Valens, was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. A rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement, Valens' recording career lasted eight months, as it abruptly ended when he was killed in a plane crash. During ...more

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The Big Bopper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rock Stars and Bands that Died in Plane Crashes
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Tour mates Richie Valens, Buddy Holly, & the Big Bopper died in an airplane crash.

Jiles Perry "J. P." Richardson, Jr., commonly known as The Big Bopper, was an American musician, songwriter and disc jockey, whose big rockabilly look, style, voice, and exuberant personality made him an early rock and roll star. He is best known for his 1958 recording of "Chantilly Lace". On ...more

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Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars and Bands that Died in Plane Crashes
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Death- Lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and back-up singer Cassie Gaines

Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band best known for popularizing the southern hard-rock genre during the 1970s. Originally formed in 1966 as The Pretty Ones in Jacksonville, Florida, they then went through two name changes: The Noble Five and One Percent, before coming up with Lynyrd Skynyrd in ...more

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Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rock Stars and Bands that Died in Plane Crashes
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Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American singer, dancer, actress, and model. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 10, she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. At age 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive ...more

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Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars and Bands that Died in Plane Crashes
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Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was an American singer-songwriter, record producer, arranger and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul and rhythm and blues. His singing style was powerfully influential among soul ...more

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