Buried Here –
Tommy was the lead guitarist for Buddy Holly and the Crickets beginning in April of 1958. On February 3, 1959, Tommy lost a coin flip with Ritchie Valens over who would get a seat on the plane that crashed in Clear Lake, Iowa, which killed Valens, Holly and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson.
After Holly’s death, he moved to California, where he became A&R director for Liberty Records.
Tommy died on January 11, 2017 at the age of 85 following complications from a hernia operation.
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