American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and disc jockey. He was an early star of rock and roll, probably best known for his recording of "Chantilly Lace". Killed in a plane crash, along with Buddy Holly
and Ritchie Valens
, on what has become known as "The Day the Music Died".
b. October 24, 1930 (Sabine Pass, TX, USA)
d. February 3, 1959 (Clear Lake, IA, USA)