Today is Ritchie Valens birthday (he would be turning 68). He was not supposed to be on the plane on the Day the Music Died (my birthday, February 3). It was supposed to be Tommy Allsup, guitarist for Buddy Holly. But Valens was bugging him to take his spot, so finally he took out a coin and tossed it. Valens won the toss. In the video above, Allsup discusses the last concert at the Surf Ballroom.