Buddy Holly

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

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

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Legal name: Charles Hardin Buddy Holly


Buddy Holly (born Charles Hardin Holley; September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959) 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 eulogized 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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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
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
Pure Gold of Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 1
Raining in My Heart Buddy Holly 1
Rare Tracks Buddy Holly 1
Rave On Buddy Holly 1
Rave On Buddy Holly 1
Reminiscing Showcase Buddy Holly 1
Six Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles and Session Tracks Buddy Holly & The Crickets 1
That'll Be The Day Buddy Holly 1
The Best of Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 1
The Complete Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 1
The Hit Collection Buddy Holly 1
The Real Buddy Holly Story Buddy Holly 1
The Very Best of Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 1
The Very Best Of, Volume 1 Buddy Holly & The Picks 1
True Love Ways Buddy Holly 1
With the Picks Buddy Holly 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Buddy Holly (Recorded) Live, Volume 1 Buddy Holly 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 The Buddy Holly Story (1978 film soundtrack) Buddy Holly 2
1990 The Buddy Holly Story (1989 original London cast) Buddy Holly 1
1998 Buddy - Das Musical: Live in Hamburg! (1998 Hamburg cast) Buddy Holly 1
Highlights From the Buddy Holly Story (dodgy release) Buddy Holly 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1957 Words of Love / Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues Buddy Holly 1
1957 Peggy Sue / Everyday Buddy Holly 1
1958 Rave On / Take Your Time Buddy Holly 2
1958 Early in the Morning / Now We're One Buddy Holly 1
1958 Heartbeat / Well... All Right Buddy Holly 2
1959 It Doesn't Matter Anymore / Raining in My Heart Buddy Holly 1
1959 Peggy Sue Got Married / Crying, Waiting, Hoping Buddy Holly 2
1960 True Love Ways / That Makes It Tough Buddy Holly 1
1960 Learning the Game / That Makes It Tough Buddy Holly 1
1961 What to Do / That's What They Say Buddy Holly 1
1962 Reminiscing / Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie Buddy Holly 2
1963 Bo Diddley / True Love Ways Buddy Holly 1
1963 Brown-Eyed Handsome Man / Wishing Buddy Holly 1
1964 Love's Made a Fool of You / You're the One Buddy Holly 1

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