About this star

  • Category: Recording
  • Unveiled: 07 Sep 2011
  • Address:
    1778 Vine St
  • HWOF Popularity:
    Today: 212th
    Monthly Average: 129th
  • Notes: The 2,447th Star

Buddy Holly

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Previous star: Vera Ralston


Buddy Holly in 1957

Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), known 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 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 & 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 gain a contract with Decca Records.

Fact file

  • Birth name: Charles Hardin Holley
  • Born: September 7, 1936 Lubbock, Texas, U.S.
  • Died: February 3, 1959 (aged 22) Clear Lake, Iowa, U.S.
  • Genres: Rock and roll, rockabilly, Lubbock sound, country, pop
  • Occupation(s): Singer-songwriter, musician, producer
  • Instruments: Vocals, guitar, piano, violin, banjo
  • Years active: 1949–59
  • Labels: Decca, Brunswick, Coral
  • Associated acts: Buddy and Bob, The Crickets, The Picks

Read more about Buddy Holly at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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