Buddy Holly(Charles Hardin Holley) born September 7th 1936, was an American singer-songwriter and a pioneer of Rock ’n’ Roll. His music has inspired and influenced bands and musicians including: The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. Holly was also ranked No. 13 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 50 greatest artists of all time.
Born in Lubbock, Texas, Buddy, as he was always known to his family, learned to play piano, guitar and fiddle as a young boy. At Junior High School, he met and started the duo ‘Buddy and Bob’ with his friend Bob Montgomery performing harmonies at talent shows and in local clubs, taking their influences from bluegrass music. However, after seeing Elvis perform in his hometown, he soon made the transition to rock music. Buddy’s big break came in 1956 when he was spotted by a Nashville talent scout. Soon after he was signed to Decca Records, however, he would release only two singles with the label: “Blue Days Black Nights” and “Modern Don Juan” unfortunately, neither had much success and his contract was not renewed.
Holly formed his own band of musicians known as The Crickets with Jerry "J.I." Allison on drums, Joe B. Mauldin on bass and Niki Sullivan on rhythm guitar. Norman Petty was hired to manage the group and they were soon signed to Coral Records, a subsidiary of Decca Records. However, due to the terms of Holly’s contract with Decca, their next hit “That’ll be the Day” had to credited to The Crickets. Other hits including “Peggy Sue” and “Oh Boy” followed soon after. In 1958, after touring Australia and the UK the group finally split.
Buddy Holly continued to perform as a solo artist and after a performance in Iowa on February 2nd, 1959 he chartered a plane to take him and his backing musicians to the next stop on the tour. Tragically, the plane crashed minutes after take off and all passengers on board were killed.
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