Buddy Holly (Lubbock (Texas), 7 september 1936 – at Clear Lake (Iowa), 3 February 1959), real name Charles Hardin Holley, was a rock and roll guitarist -singer, andcomposer.

His best known songs that'll Be The DayOh Boy!Peggy SueMaybe Baby and Well allright. Today, Buddy Holly still a cult figure of the rock and roll by his talent and also by the stormy course of his career: he was already a semi-professional musician when he was sixteen years old and he died at the age of 22 – in a plane accident. In 1994, Holly inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in 2011, he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


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Holly started with unadulterated country music. Holly got together with Jack Neal In september 1953 a private weekly radio show at a local radio station. When Neal married,Bob Montgomery took his place. Along with Montgomery, he took in the years 1954-55 a dozen country songs, which were released after his death. After Holly on January 2,1955 Elvis Presley performing in Lubbock, he said goodbye and the country he played rock and roll.

In January 1956 Holly got a recording contract with Decca. Montgomery was not included in the contract; He loved the country. His Decca-period was no real success;Although there were some singles, but after a year his contract was not renewed. In February 1957 he took in the Norman Petty 's studio in Clovis, New Mexico on a second version of the song that'll be the day that he had previously recorded for Decca. This was the beginning of Holly's success. Together with drummer Jerry Allison, bassist Joe Mauldin and Niki Sullivan rhythm guitar, he formed The CricketsThat'll be the day was with a third place in the US and number one in Great Britain a success. He obtained further successes with Oh Boy! and Peggy Sue (which he later made a sequel called Peggy Sue Got Married).

In August 1958 , he married Maria Elena Santiago from Puerto Rico. The years 1957 and ' 58 were a series of performances in the us, Australia and Great Britain. In October 1958 The Crickets fell apart. Holly In 1959 went on tour in the North of America. He was on this Winter Dance Party accompanied by Waylon JenningsTommy Allsup andCarl Bunch, who later ended up in the hospital due to frostbite. Further he toured along with other famous solo singers, including Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, "The Big Bopper".


The transport on this last tour, in the middle of the winter, was poorly organized. So were the coaches old and often broken. After a gig in Clear LakeIowa on February 2, 1959, Holly had a quadruple aircraft (Beechcraft Bonanza) chartered to so what faster in Fargo, North Dakota the next place to come. Originally it was Waylon Jennings and Tommy Allsup plan that would fly. Jennings stood his place to Richardson, who was ill. Valens tried Allsup to talk to cede its place in the plane. Because Valens but continued to ask, they decided to throw a coin. "Heads" (Head) called Valens and the Cupwas. Many years later Allsup was owner of the bar "Heads up".

In the early hours of February 3, 1959, the plane at the airport of Mason City, Iowa with the 21-year-old as a pilot Roger Peterson. After a few kilometres, flew the plane for unknown reasons against the ground. Not until the next morning, at light, was discovered the wreck. No one appeared to have survived the accident. In the later-released research on the accident was blamed laid upon the pilot, who was not competent to fly on instruments, and that perhaps the instruments exactly wrong interpreted so that he thought he rose, while he in fact was on the decline. Holly's wife was two weeks pregnant and got a miscarriage shortly after the accident.


In 1971 Don McLean wrote the song American Pie that is a description of the death of Holly and the evolution of the music in the years after his death. A well-known phrase from this number made sure 3 February 1959 from now on known as "The day The music died". Contrary to popular myths American Pie is not the name of the plane.

Holly was a pioneer of Rock and Roll, but by his youthful death he could not develop his music. He experimented widely with alternative instruments such as the violin and large Orchestra in his last recordings. He laid the Foundation for many artists after him, such as The BeatlesThe Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.

Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney bought all the rights to in 1976 of Holly-compositions. Hank b. Marvin, Member of The ShadowsHank plays Holly released the cd on the market as homage to Holly. It was, in fact, by hearing Holly's music that Marvin asked for a Fender Stratocaster-guitar to bring from the States (said to be the first guitar of this type ever in England was introduced). In addition to the typical Buddy Holly-sound would therefore allowance this guitar sound of The Shadows. In 1978 appeared the film The Buddy Holly Story, with actor Gary Busey as Holly.

Radio 2 Top 2000[Edit]Edit

Number with listing (s)

in the Radio 2 Top 2000

' 99 ' 00 ' 01 ' 02 ' 03 ' 04 ' 05 ' 06 ' 07 ' 08 ' 09 ' 10 ' 11 ' 12 ' 13
Because I love you 1106 - - - - 1257 983 1000 864 1189 1602 1614 1832 1856 -
Peggy Sue 483 489 651 454 307 524 488 505 457 450 1046 960 1155 1441 1507
That'll be the day 1013 971 952 1075 580 1147 1113 1146 1483 1095 1678 1593 1781 1900 1901
Well allright 1505 - 1676 1443 829 1691 1594 1923 1943 1635 - - - - -

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