Why Famous: Although only 22 when he died in a plane crash Buddy Holly remains one of the most influential rock and roll musicians.
His band formation of 2 guitars, bass and drums became standard for a rock band and he was one of the first to write and play his own songs (Peggy Sue) and to incorporate rhythm and blues styles into his music.
- 1958-08-15 Singer Buddy Holly weds receptionist Maria Santiago
- 1956-01-20 Buddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville
- 1957-02-25 Buddy Holly & Crickets record "That'll Be the Day"
- 1957-09-23 "That'll Be Day" by Buddy Holly & Crickets reaches #1
- 1957-09-29 Buddy Holly & Crickets released 2nd single "Oh Boy!"/"Not Fade Away"
- 1957-12-01 Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly and the Crickets debut on Ed Sullivan Show
- 1959-01-05 Buddy Holly releases his last record "It Doesn't Matter"; he was killed in a plane crash 29 days later
- 1959-02-02 Buddy Holly's last performance
- 1959-02-03 "The Day the Music Died" plane crash kills musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J. P. Richardson and pilot near Clear Lake Iowa.
- 1986-01-23 1st induction of Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Domino, Everly Bros, Buddy Holly, J L Lewis & Elvis Presley)