Erected in 1988, the memorial is on the crash site where music artists Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and pilot Roger Peterson lost their lives. After a show at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, the entertainers boarded a small plane which crashed due to bad weather around 1:05 am on February 3, 1959. The a stainless steel monument depicting a steel guitar and a set of three records, bearing the names of each of the three performers. It is located on private farmland, about one quarter of a mile west of the intersection of 315th Street and Gull Avenue, north of Clear Lake.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith