Mason City, Iowa

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Mason City is a city in Iowa in the United States. It is the county seat of Cerro Gordo County.

On February 3, 1959, a Beechcraft Bonanza 35 airplane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and the pilot Roger Peterson, crashed into a field near Mason City. Singer Don McLean's popular 1971 song "American Pie" made this event and February 3 known as "The Day the Music Died."