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Celebrating the Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, and Buddy Holly | Music Crossroads of Texas


For today's show, I am celebrating the music of the Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, and Buddy Holly. The world lost these three stars on February 3, 1959, in a plane crash outside of Clear Lake, Iowa, after their final performance at the Surf Ballroom on February 2. Join me, Curtis Peoples for the Music Crossroads of Texas.


  1. Chantilly Lace - the Big Bopper
  2. Big Bopper's Wedding - Big Bopper
  3. Pink Petticoats - Big Bopper
  4. Little Red Riding Hood - Big Bopper
  5. Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor - Big Bopper
  6. It's the Truth Ruth - Big Bopper
  7. White Lightnin' - Big Bopper
  8. Come On, Let's Go - Ritchie Valens
  9. Donna - Ritchie Valens
  10. We Belong Together - Ritchie Valens
  11. Bluebirds Over the Mountain - Ritchie Valens
  12. That's My Little Suzie - Ritchie Valens
  13. Ooh! My Head - Ritchie Valens
  14. La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
  15. That'll Be the Day - Buddy Holly
  16. Maybe Baby (1957 Version) - Buddy Holly
  17. Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
  18. It's So Easy - Buddy Holly
  19. Not Fade Away - Buddy Holly
  20. True Love Ways - Buddy Holly
  21. Rave On - Buddy Holly
  22. American Pie - Don McLean
Curtis Peoples, Ph.D., is the Archivist for the Southwest Music Archive and oversees the Crossroads Recording Studio for the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University. He is a musician who has worked in the music business for four decades, numerous recording studios, and has been a production manager for many events. Dr. Peoples teaches regional music history classes and American media studies; his research centers on music and place.