“If anyone asks you what kind of music you play, tell him ‘pop.’ Don’t tell him ‘rock’n’roll’ or they won’t even let you in the hotel.”

“Without Elvis none of us could have made it.”
Buddy Holly (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959)

born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, TX

inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986

Buddy Holly played rock and roll for only two short years, but the wealth of material he recorded in that time made a major and lasting impact on popular music. Holly was an innovator who wrote his own material and was among the first to exploit such advanced studio techniques as double-tracking. He pioneered and popularized the now-standard rock-band lineup of two guitars, bass and drums. In his final months, he even began experimenting with orchestration.


buddy_everleybrothersBuddy Holly with the Everly Brothers

buddymusuem_lubbocktxBuddy Holly Museum, Lubbock, TX

Because of legal and financial problems engendered by his breakup with Producer Norman Petty, Holly reluctantly agreed to perform on the Winter Dance Party, an ill-advised bus tour of the Midwest in the winter of 1959. Following a show in Clear Lake, Iowa, Holly chartered a private plane to the next stop on the tour, Moorhead, Minnesota. Two other performers, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, joined him. Their plane left the Mason City, Iowa, airport at one in the morning and crashed in a cornfield a few minutes later, killing all aboard. Buddy Holly was only 22 years old at the time of the crash – an event immortalized in Don McLean’s “American Pie” as “the day the music died.””

On this day in 1959:  Buddy Holly killed in air crash


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