They can make those people dance: Ritchie Valens’ brother, Mario
Ramirez (Left); J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardon’s son, J.P. Richardson, Jr.
(Center); and original Cricket Joe B. Mauldin (Right)

Bobby Vee with his Telecoustic-inspired guitar built by Richard Leach. At the age of 15, Vee formed a band that literally kept the music alive, filling in for Buddy Holly and his band at a scheduled show in Moorhead, MN, following
the crash. Vee would go on to sell 28 million records and score six Top 10 hits.

Guitar Legend Tommy Allsup lost the coin toss for a seat on the plane that crashed. Allsup has 10,000 session credits to his name, going clear back to Bob Wills, and was called “one of the finest guitarists in the world” by Paul McCartney. Here Allsup plays his maple Tradition MTA 700 set-neck hollowbody.”

Graham Nash’s admiration for Buddy Holly runs deep—and even inspired the name of his British Invasion-era band, the Hollies, which continues to perform today. He was also born on February 2 (1942), which would later become known as the “Day the Music Died.” Here Nash plays a vintage J-160E, one of Gibson’s first acoustic electric guitars.