Birth name Charles Hardin Holley

Born

September 7,1936

Lubbock, Texas United States

Died February 3, 1959 [aged22]
Occupations Singer-songwriter, Guitarist
Genre Rock and Roll
Years Active 1956-1959
Instruments Vocals,Guitar ~ Fender Stratocaster
Label(s) Decca
Associated Acts The Crickets

*Buddy Holly was born Charles Hardin Holley (later amended to “Holly") on September 7th, 1936, in Lubbock, Texas. He learned to play guitar, piano and fiddle at an early age. After high school, he formed the Western and Bop Band, a country-oriented act that performed regularly on a Lubbock radio station and opened for acts that came through town. After being noticed by a talent scout, Holly was signed to Decca in early 1956, recording demos and singles for the label in Nashville under the name Buddy Holly and the Three Tunes.

Holly is described by critic Bruce Eder as "the single most influential creative force in early rock & roll." His works and innovations were copied by his contemporaries and later musicians, The Beatles and Rolling Stones being among them, and exerted a profound influence on popular music. In 2004,Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Holly #13 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

On February 3, 1959, after performing at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, Buddy Holly charters a plane to fly him to Fargo, North Dakota. Shortly after takeoff, the plane crashes eight miles northwest of the airfield, killing Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. Richardson (a.k.a. The Big Bopper) and pilot Roger Peterson.

On January 23, 1986, Buddy Holly was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the first induction dinner, held in New York City. *

* reference  Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Wikipedia

 

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