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50 Winters Later: A Tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper



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On February 2, 2009, the families, friends and fans of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “the Big Bopper” Richardson celebrated the music and legacies of the performers who played the same stage 50 years ago before boarding a plane that would not reach its destination. The 50 Winters Later Commemorative Concert, was a star-studded event at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA. The television crew that produces Austin City Limits recorded the event for eventual broadcast on PBS.

Editorial Director Joe Coffey was at the event. This is his photo essay chronicling the tribute...