I was a rock 'n roll girl and I knew every rock song of the time. There were some musicians I liked better than others, but generally, I liked them all.
The rock star that every kid was a huge fan of at that time was Charles Hardin Holley, aka Buddy Holly. Every small town kid in a band dressed like Buddy Holly, wore Buddy Holly glasses and tried to play guitar like he did. I am sure there were hundreds of teen bands in the late 1950's with at least one Buddy Holly impersonator. Buddy Holly was huge, especially with the guys.
I liked Buddy Holly, but wasn't a huge fan. I also like Richie Valens and The Big Bopper and knew their songs.
On February 3, 1959 the news broke. Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Richie Valens had all been killed in an airplane crash. The news spread like wildfire and the disc jockeys played all of their music on the radio that day. Kids mourned the death of their hero. It was the day the music died.