Buddy Holly

American singer-songwriter

Buddy Holly (born in Lubbock, Texas as Charles Hardin Holley, September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959) was an American rock and roll singersongwriter. Buddy Holly was important in the history of rock and roll music overall, and in the sub genre, rockabilly music.

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Buddy Holly in 1957
Background information
Birth nameCharles Hardin Holley
BornSeptember 7, 1936
Lubbock, Texas USA
DiedFebruary 3, 1959 (aged 22)
Clear Lake, Iowa, USA
GenresRock and roll, rockabilly, pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1956 – 1959
LabelsDecca
Associated actsThe Crickets
WebsiteBuddyHolly.com

Holly played several different types of instruments. His style was influenced by gospel music, country music, and rhythm and blues. The style of his music shifted from country and western to entirely rock and roll. His group were called The Crickets.

Buddy Holly died on February 3, 1959 when an airplane carrying him crashed into a field near Mason City, Iowa. Also killed in the crash were Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.

Singer Don McLean's popular 1971 song "American Pie" made February 3 known as "The Day the Music Died."

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