Charles Hardin Holley (Buddy Holly) was born on September 7, 1936 in the small town of Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas to Lawrence Odell Holley and Ella Pauline Drake Holley. Charles was named after his grandfather, James Charles Drake and Hardin after his other grandfather, John Hardin Holley. In Texas most everyone had a nickname, and the family always called him "Buddy."
He was five when he won $5 for singing "Down the River of Memories" at a local talent show. At the age of eleven he began piano and violin lessons. At Lubbock High School he studied printing and drafting. He also made pocket books, wallets and leather covers for guitars. In the early 1950s he formed a country-oriented Western and Bop Band with high school friends Bob Montgomery and Larry Welborn.
In 1956 Buddy changed his last name to Holly after an accidental misspelling on his Decca recording contract. Buddy's band was called The Crickets. He was described by critic Bruce Elder as "the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll." His works and innovations inspired and influenced contemporary and later musicians, notably The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan, and exerted a profound influence on popular music. Holly was among the first group of inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Holly #13 among "The Fifty Greatest Artists of All Time".
Buddy died at the age of 22 in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa on February 3, 1959. Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, as well as the pilot, Roger Peterson also died in the crash. The day was later called "The day the music died".
Funeral services were held in the Tabernacle Baptist Church and he was buried in the Lubbock Cemetery on Saturday, February 7, 1959. The name inscribed on his tombstone is Buddy Holley.
On a personal note Charles Hardin Holley aka Buddy Holly was my 3rd cousin. Buddy died too soon but his music and influence on the culture will never die!
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