On This Day

Buddy Holly

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly

Full Name: Charles Holley
Profession: Singer-songwriter

United States of America

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.

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 Singer Buddy Holly weds receptionist Maria Santiago

Historical Events

  • 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 the Day" by Buddy Holly and the 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)