Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly


9/7/1936, Lubbock, Texas



Birth Name

Charles Hardin Holley



Also Known As

Buddy Holley
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Buddy Holly was a pioneer rock & roll musician. He combined elements of various existing music forms and added his own unique styling. He wrote and produced his own records at a time that was unheard of. His early death in an airplane crash came to be known…more

Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Even though Buddy Holly is recognized as a legend in music, he never won a Grammy.

    • Holly's hit, "Peggy Sue," was originally given the title of "Cindy Lou." However, Holly's drummer, Jerry Allison, asked Holly to rename it to Peggy Sue, in honor of his girlfriend and future wife, Peggy Sue Gerron.

    • The Beatles got the idea of the name of their band from the name of Holly's band, The Crickets.

    • Holly's favorite style of dress was a tee shirt and jeans. However, he never appeared on stage in these types of clothes, and instead usually wore a suit and tie, or even a tuxedo.

    • Buddy Holly got his trademark thick horn-rimmed glasses as a child, when it turned out his eyesight was 20/800.

    • Buddy Holly died on February 3, 1959, in a plane crash, along with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.

    • The site of Holly's last performance, the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa continues to hold an annual tribute to Buddy Holly on the anniversary of that fateful night.

    • The indie band Weezer had a hit song "Buddy Holly" in 1994.

    • Don McLean's 1971 hit "American Pie" was inspired by and makes reference to the tragic plane crash which claimed Buddy's life.

    • In 1986, he was among the first group of stars to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame upon its formation.

    • Downtown Lubbock, Texas has a Walk of Fame, that includes hometown icons like Waylon Jennings and Mac Davis, as well as Buddy Holly.

    • He is buried at the City of Lubbock Cemetery in Lubbock, Texas.

    • Rock singer turned actor Gary Busey played the part of Buddy in the biographical movie The Buddy Holly Story, for which Busey received an Academy Award Nomination.

    • Buddy Holly's funeral was held at Lubbock's Baptist Church.

    • Buddy Holly has been inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

    • The story of his life was made into a musical Buddy that had a successful run both on Broadway and London's West End.

    • Buddy turned from bluegrass to the new rock music after hearing Elvis Presley play in Lubbock in 1955. He opened for Presley just months later.

    • Buddy Holly married Maria Elena Santiago August 15, 1958.

    • The music group The Hollies were named in honor of Buddy Holly.

    • The first hit record Buddy Holly performed on was actually the hit "Starlight" by Jack Huddle, in 1957, on which Buddy played lead guitar.

    • At a young age Buddy learned to play violin, guitar and piano.

    • Buddy turned from bluegrass to the new rock music after hearing Elvis Presley play in Lubbock in 1955. He opened for Presley just months later.

    • Although accidentally booked into the Apollo Theater in New York, Buddy Holly won over the black crowds after a few performances.

    • His first group was "Buddy and Bob" with Bob Montgomery, when they were in junior high.

    • In the movie The Searchers John Wayne's character repeatedly says, "That'll Be the Day". This phrase influenced Buddy to write the hit song of the same name.

    • Teenagers Paul McCartney and John Lennon saw Buddy and the Crickets play in Liverpool in March of 1958 and often cited Holly as a primary influence on their music.

    • Although his last name is legally "Holley" an early record contract had his name misspelled "Holly" and he continued to use this spelling throughout his career.

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