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Tommy Dee with Carol Kay and the Teen-Aires

On that fateful day February 3, 1959 Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens died when their chartered airplane crashed in an Iowa cornfield during a snowstorm.

 Tommy Donaldson was just finishing his first week as a DJ at radio station KFXM in San Bernardino California. Within days of the crash he came up with the idea for a talking tribute song to the three rock and roll legends. He approached Crest records with a demo and recorded the disk with Carol Kay and The Teen-Aires under the name Tommy Dee. The tribute titled Three Stars reached number 11 on the charts on May 4, 1959. This would turn out to be Tommy Dee's only hit record and remains to this day a touching tribute to three great rock and roll stars.



We have been informed that Tommy Donaldson passed away Friday January 26 in Nashville Tn. Tommy had been a country music promotor/producer for the past 30 years. He will be missed by all that knew him. There is another star shining "up towards the north" Goodbye Tommy.


Update 2 - August 2007

Carol Kay of The Teen-Aires the group that backed Tommy on this great tribute song has signed our guestbook. Thank you Carol for your comments. If you can furnish us more info regarding this song we would be happy to include it on the page. Please email us would love to have more info on the group.





Site of the plane crash that took the lives of 3 Rock and Roll legends


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