Charles Hardin Holley, known as Buddy Holly, was an American singer-songwriter. He was a central and pioneering figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. His style was influenced by gospel music, country music, and rhythm and blues acts. Holly was among the first artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1986.
About Buddy Holly in brief
Charles Hardin Holley, known as Buddy Holly, was an American singer-songwriter. He was a central and pioneering figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. His style was influenced by gospel music, country music, and rhythm and blues acts. He is often regarded as the artist who defined the traditional rock-and-roll lineup of two guitars, bass, and drums. Holly was among the first artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1986. His death in a plane crash in 1959 is referred to by Don McLean as ‘The Day the Music Died’ in his song ‘American Pie’ He was born in Lubbock, Texas, to a musical family during the Great Depression. His elder siblings were Larry, Travis, and Patricia Lou. He was of mostly English and Welsh descent but had small amounts of Native American ancestry as well. His parents bought him a steel guitar from a pawnshop and taught him to play it from the age of 11. He took piano lessons for nine months but abandoned them after nine months, and switched to the guitar after he saw a classmate playing and singing on the school bus. In 1955, after opening for Elvis Presley, he decided to pursue a career in music. In early 1959, he assembled a new band, consisting of future country music star Waylon Jennings, famed session musician Tommy Allsup, and Carl Bunch, and embarked on a tour of the midwestern U.S.
and UK. In September 1957, as the band toured, \”That’ll Be the Day\” topped the US and UK singles charts. Its success was followed in October by another major hit, \”Peggy Sue\”. The album The \”Chirping\” Crickets, released in November 1957, reached number five on the UK Albums Chart. Holly made his second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in January 1958 and soon after toured Australia and then the UK. He died in a helicopter crash in May 1959, after a show in Clear Lake, Iowa, while flying to his next show in Moorhead, Minnesota. His last song was ‘The Big Bopper’, which was recorded shortly after his death. He wrote and recorded many songs, including ‘I Love You’ and ‘I’ve Got A Girl’ and many others. He also recorded ‘I’m So Proud of You’ with his friend Bob Montgomery. He recorded ‘The Crickets’ with fellow country music singer WaylonJennings. Holly died of a heart attack in October 1959, while on tour with his new band in the U.K. and Australia. He left behind a wife and three children. He had three children with his first wife, Barbara Holly, and a son with his second wife, Bobbie Holly. Holly is survived by his wife Barbara Holly and a daughter with whom he had a son, Bobbi Holly. He has three grandchildren and a step-son with his third wife, Robin Holly, who died in 2010.