NorthIowaToday.com: "The musician who kept the beat and suffered the worst from the brutal cold during of one of rock ‘n roll’s most infamous tours is dead.
Carl Bunch, 71, of Lancaster, California died on Saturday of unknown causes.
In recent years he had battled diabetes and was nearly blind, but with the caring assistance of his wife Dorothy, he graciously honored requests to talk about his experiences and the Winter Dance Party Tour of 1959.
He missed only a few dates on the tour due to frost bite. One of them was the now legendary show at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa that was followed by a small plane crash that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, J.P. (The Big Bopper) Richardson, Ritchie Valens and pilot Roger Peterson in the early morning hours of February 3rd, 1959."