Library Remembers the Day the Music Died

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - On February 3, 1959, rock and roll legends Buddy Holly and Richie Valens died in a plane crash in Clearlake, Iowa. The tragic event has become known as, “The day the music died.” The Ben F. McDonald Library staff will remember the popular 1950’s entertainers with a live musical tribute from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at the library located at 4044 Greenwood Drive.

The event is a part of the Pláticas Musicales (Music Talks) Library Series which takes place the last Wednesday of the month. The discussions are led by South Texas music expert Manuel Ayala who has extensively archived many Tejano music artifacts including La Música del Sur de Tejas/The Music of South Texas photo gallery of Tejano music pioneers.

The presentation will focus on the life and music of Richie Valens, whose hit “La Bamba” made him history’s first Latino rock and roll star. Local band “Motif” will perform Buddy Holly and Richie Valens’ music.

For more information, contact Managing Librarian Dorothea Castañón at (361) 826-2356 or at