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Rock Stars and Bands that Died in Plane Crashes

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Who's all on this 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

  • Tour mates Richie Valens, Buddy Holly, & the Big Bopper died in an airplane crash.
    Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), known professionally as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central and pioneering figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. He was born in Lubbock, Texas, to a musical family during the Great Depression, and learned to play guitar and sing alongside his siblings. His style was influenced by gospel music, country music, and rhythm and blues acts, which he performed in Lubbock with his friends from high school. He made his first appearance on local television in 1952, and the following year he formed the group "Buddy and Bob" with his friend Bob Montgomery. In 1955, after opening for Elvis Presley, he...  more

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    Richard Steven Valenzuela (May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959), 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 and abruptly ended when he died in a plane crash.During this time, he had several hits, most notably "La Bamba", which he had adapted from a Mexican folk song. Valens transformed the song into one with a rock rhythm and beat, and it became a hit in 1958, making Valens a pioneer of the Spanish-speaking rock and roll movement. He also had the American number 2 hit ''Donna''. On February 3, 1959, on what has become known as "The...  more

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