Rock & roll pioneer, singer, Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly & the Crickets
birth name: Charles Hardin Holley

Buddy Holly

September 7, 1936, Lubbock, TX ~ February 3, 1959, Clear Lake, IA

On March 1, 1958, Buddy Holly and The Crickets began a 25-day tour of England. Many rock historians point to this tour as a major turning point in popular music. The British loved American rock ‘n roll, and the personal appearance of one of their favorite groups gave young English rockers a first hand look at how the music was actually made. Paul McCartney would later recall watching Buddy Holly perform on Sunday Night at The London Palladium television program just to see which chords Holly used and where he placed his guitar capo ~ Buddy Holly Center: Buddy Holly ~ retrieved July 10, 2013 © City Of Lubbock, TX/Buddy Holly Center

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Buddy Holly ~ Inducted in the 1986 Songwriters Hall of Fame ~ Buddy Holly can truly be said to have changed the face of Rock 'n Roll. A long, lanky body, a childish smile, horn-rimmed glasses and a plain, folksy quality became a part of his unique image-and this was in an era of pretty-boy teen idols. He employed the now-classic style of two guitars, bass and drums lineup in his recordings, which is still utilized today. It has been written that Buddy Holly had more originality and drive at age nineteen than most rock groups ever summon up in their entire careers. His work continues to live on, influencing generation after generation. ~ 1986 © Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Buddy Holly & the Crickets

Buddy Holly & The Crickets ~ Inducted in the 2012 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame (correcting the earlier omission when only Buddy Holly was inducted in 1986). ~ Although there’s no question that Holly was the central figure - lead singer, lead guitarist and chief songwriter - the Crickets contributed significantly to Holly’s sound and success. They provided musical accompaniment in the country-tinged rockabilly style - or “western and bop,” as Holly termed it in his early days - that made them rock and roll pioneers. ~ 2012 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Buddy Holly & the Crickets ~ The Chirping Crickets (1957) ~ #150 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012

Buddy Holly & the Crickets ~ The Chirping Crickets (1957) ~ #420 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Holly was only 21 when he cut these tracks, some on an Oklahoma Air Force base. ‘That'll Be the Day,’ ‘Oh Boy!’ and ‘Not Fade Away’ fused country, rockabilly and R&B into epochal rock & roll. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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