On This Day

Buddy Holly

Singer-Songwriter Buddy Holly

Full Name: Charles Holley
Profession: Singer-Songwriter

United States of America

Biography: Although only 22 when he died in a plane crash Buddy Holly remains one of the most influential rock and roll musicians.

His band "The Crickets" 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.

Born: September 7, 1936
Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: February 3, 1959 (aged 22)
Cause of Death: Plane crash

Married Life

  • 1958-08-15 American rock singer-songwriter Buddy Holly (21) weds receptionist Maria Santiago

Historical Events

  • 1955-10-15 Buddy Holley opens for Bill Haley & His Comets in Lubbeck, Texas, and impresses Nashville scout Eddie Crandall, leading to a recording contract with a misspelling that creates "Buddy Holly"
  • 1956-01-20 Buddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville
  • 1957-02-25 Buddy Holly and The Crickets record their smash hit "That'll Be the Day"
  • 1957-09-23 "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly and The Crickets reaches #1 in the US
  • 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 "The 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 at Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa
  • 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 Inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Chuck Berry; James Brown; Ray Charles; Sam Cooke; Fats Domino; The Everly Brothers; Buddy Holly;. Jerry Lee Lewis; Elvis Presley; Little Richard; Robert Johnson; Jimmie Rodgers; Jimmy Yancey; Alan Freed; John Hammond; and Sam Phillips

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