Buddy Holly, 1936 - 1959, was one of the greatest American musicians, singer/songwriters, of the mid 1950s rock 'n roll era. Born in Lubbock, Texas, he was influenced by country music and rhythm and blues, making his first appearance on local Lubbock television in 1952 with his friend Bob Montgomery and his band called "Buddy and Bob”. Opening for Elvis Presley, switching his style to rock and roll, next working with Bill Haley & The Comets, the "big time” came in a contract with Decca Records. His new band was called "Buddy Holly and The Crickets". It was a whirlwind career, from 1952 until 1959 when one of the music world's biggest tragedy's took him and several great stars in one swift moment. Buddy, with his new band performed in Clear Lake, Iowa, and chartered a plane to take him, Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper to their next show, but the plane went down, killing all, with the legacy of that moment memorialized in Don McLean's song, The Day the Music Died". Buddy Holly is referred to as the act that defined rock and roll music and was a major influence on pop music artists. He was among the first acts to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and ranked at #13 on Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Artists". Buddy Holly original vintage 1957 signed sheet music for his dynamic hit, “Peggy Sue”. It is #194 of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, and the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
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