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Born: Charles Harden Holley in Lubbock, TX, USA .. Died: In a plane crash, The Day the Music Died

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Legal name: Charles Hardin Holley

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Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), known professionally as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. Holly was born in Lubbock, Texas, to a musical family during the Great Depression; he learned to play guitar and to sing alongside his siblings. His style was influenced by gospel music, country music, and rhythm and blues acts, and he performed in Lubbock with his friends from high school. He made his first appearance on local television in 1952, and the following year he formed the group "Buddy and Bob" with his friend Bob Montgomery. In 1955, after opening for Elvis Presley, Holly decided to pursue a career in music. He opened for Presley three times that year; his band's style shifted from country and western to entirely rock and roll. In October that year, when he opened for Bill Haley & His Comets, Holly was spotted by Nashville scout Eddie Crandall, who helped him get a contract with Decca Records.

Holly's recording sessions at Decca were produced by Owen Bradley. Unhappy with Bradley's control in the studio and with the sound he achieved there, Holly went to producer Norman Petty in Clovis, New Mexico, and recorded a demo of "That'll Be the Day", among other songs. Petty became the band's manager and sent the demo to Brunswick Records, which released it as a single credited to "The Crickets", which became the name of Holly's band. In September 1957, as the band toured, "That'll Be the Day" topped the US "Best Sellers in Stores" chart and the UK Singles Chart. Its success was followed in October by another major hit, "Peggy Sue".

The album Chirping Crickets, released in November 1957, reached number five on the UK Albums Chart. Holly made his second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in January 1958 and soon after, toured Australia and then the UK. In early 1959, Holly assembled a new band, consisting of future country music star Waylon Jennings (bass), famed session musician Tommy Allsup (guitar), and Carl Bunch (drums), and embarked on a tour of the midwestern U.S. After a show in Clear Lake, Iowa, Holly chartered an airplane to travel to his next show, in Moorhead, Minnesota. Soon after takeoff, the plane crashed, killing Holly, Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper, and the pilot, in a tragedy later elegized by Don McLean as "The Day the Music Died".

During his short career, Holly wrote, recorded, and produced his own material. He is often regarded as the artist who defined the traditional rock-and-roll lineup of two guitars, bass, and drums. Holly was a major influence on later popular music artists, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Elton John. He was among the first artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1986. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 13 in its list of "100 Greatest Artists".

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1958 Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 4
1958 That'll Be the Day Buddy Holly 2
1960 The Buddy Holly Story, Volume II Buddy Holly 1
1963 Reminiscing Buddy Holly 3
1964 Showcase Buddy Holly 1
1965 Holly in the Hills Buddy Holly & Bob Montgomery 1
1969 Giant Buddy Holly 1
1986 Something Special From Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 1
1987 For the First Time Anywhere Buddy Holly 1
2000 The Great Buddy Holly and the Picks Buddy Holly and The Picks 1
2001 Only the Love Songs Buddy Holly with The Picks 1
2002 Holly in the Hills / Giant Buddy Holly 1
2005 Gold Buddy Holly 1
Buddy Holly's Crickets Buddy Holly & The Crickets 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1959 The Buddy Holly Story Buddy Holly 1
1967 Buddy Holly's Greatest Hits Buddy Holly 4
1971 Portrait in Music Buddy Holly 1
1971 Portrait in Music, Volume 2 Buddy Holly 1
1973 The Complete Buddy Holly Story Buddy Holly 2 1
1977 A Rock & Roll Collection Buddy Holly 1
1978 20 Golden Greats Buddy Holly 4
1979 The Complete Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 1
1985 From the Original Master Tapes Buddy Holly 5
1985 Legend Buddy Holly 1
1985 The Hit Singles Collection Buddy Holly 1
1987 More Hits of Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 1
1988 The Best of Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 1
1988 The Wonderful World of Buddy Holly: 24 Golden Hits Buddy Holly 1
1989 The Legendary Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 1
1989 16 Original World Hits Buddy Holly 1
1989 Peggy Sue Buddy Holly 1
1991 Golden Greats Buddy Holly 1
1991 My Greatest Songs Buddy Holly 2
1992 All Time Greatest Hits Buddy Holly 1
1992 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 1
1993 "Peggy Sue" Buddy Holly 1
1993 The Buddy Holly Collection Buddy Holly 1
1993 The Very Best of Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 1
1993 Words of Love: 28 Classic Songs From Buddy Holly & The Crickets 1
1994 Oh Boy Buddy Holly 1
1994 The Best of Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 2
1995 25 All Time Greatest Hits Buddy Holly 1
1995 The Love Songs Buddy Holly 1
1995 The Memorial Album Buddy Holly 1
1996 Greatest Hits Buddy Holly 1
1996 The Very Best of Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 1
1996 36 All Time Greatest Hits, Volume 1 Buddy Holly 1
1996 36 All Time Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Buddy Holly 1
1996 36 All Time Greatest Hits, Volume 3 Buddy Holly 1
1998 The Unforgettable Buddy Holly and the Crickets Buddy Holly 1
1999 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 1
1999 The Very Best of Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 2
1999 ’57–’59 The Rarities Collection Buddy Holly 1
1999 Classic Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 1
1999 The Very Best of Buddy Holly and the Picks Buddy Holly & The Picks 1
2000 Buddy Holly & The Picks Buddy Holly & The Picks 1
2000 Buddy: The Very Best of Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 1
2000 That'll Be the Day Buddy Holly 1
2000 The Very Best of Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 1
2001 39 Golden Greats Buddy Holly & The Picks 1
2001 Buddy Holly & The Picks Buddy Holly & The Picks 1
2001 Peggy Sue Buddy Holly & The Picks 1
2002 That'll Be the Day / Remember Buddy Holly 1
2002 The Singles+ Buddy Holly 1
2004 The Great Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 2
2004 Heartbeat: The Best of Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 1
2005 Gold Buddy Holly 1
2005 The Ultimate Collection Buddy Holly 5 1
2005 The Ultimate Collection Buddy Holly 1
2005 The Universal Masters Collection: Classic Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 1
2005 The Very Best of Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 1
2006 Gotta Roll!: The Early Recordings 1949-1955 Buddy Holly 1
2006 Rarities Buddy Holly & The Picks 1
2006 The Definitive Collection Buddy Holly 5 1
2007 The Solid Gold Collection Buddy Holly 1
2008 The Intro Collection Buddy Holly 1
2008 American Legends Buddy Holly 1
2008 Rock 'n' Roll Legends Buddy Holly 1
2008 The Very Best of Buddy Holly and the Crickets Buddy Holly and The Crickets 2
2009 The Legend Raves On Buddy Holly 1
2009 Down the Line: Rarities Buddy Holly 1
2009 Memorial Collection Buddy Holly 1
2009 Not Fade Away: The Complete Studio Recordings and More Buddy Holly 1
2009 The Legend Lives On Buddy Holly 1
2009 The Collection Buddy Holly 1
2009 The Very Best of Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 1
2010 Buddy Holly and the Rock ’n’ Roll Giants Buddy Holly 1
2015 Collected Buddy Holly 1
20 All Time Greatest Hits Buddy Holly 1
30 All Time Greatest Hits Buddy Holly 1
Buddy Holly Golden Hits Buddy Holly 1
Buddy Holly: Collection Buddy Holly 1
Greatest Buddy Holly 1
Love Songs Buddy Holly 1
Musical Best Of Buddy Holly 1
Not Fade Away Buddy Holly 1
Oh Boy Buddy Holly 1
Oh Boy: This Is Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 1
Oh Boy! 20 Big Ones Buddy Holly 1
Peggy Sue Buddy Holly 1

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