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The Winter Dance Party Tour

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This poster from a 1959 tour featuring Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson advertises their performance in Fort Dodge, four days before the three early rock and roll stars died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. Don McLean’s 1971 song "American Pie" famously refers to this tragedy as "the day the music died." This is the only surviving poster from the show.

The Winter Dance Party Tour, Paper

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