Monument at Crash Site, September 16, 2003.

And we’re wondering if you still remember.

Feb. 3, 2009 is the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, popularly known as The Day the Music Died.

The trio were taking a plane from Clear Lake to a show in Minnesota.

The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, the site of the Trio’s last show, is holding a celebration of their music, and The Gazette is writing about it. Arts and Entertainment writer Eric Clark is looking for people who were either at the show or know someone who was. You can reach Eric at (319) 368-8809 or by e-mail.

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The Gazette’s annual review of holiday CDs is out today. You can see what we had to say about some new music here.

It’s always fun to see what musicians are doing with Holiday music. We have everyone from Bela Fleck to Enya to Los Lonely Boys.

But wait, as they say, there’s more!

This year, we want you to get in on the act. We have a form for you to submit your favorite non-traditional holiday song. We’re  looking for anything you love that might be off the beaten path, whether it’s The Pouges’ “Fairytale of New York” or “I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.”

Share what you love with others!