Born Charles Hardin Holley, son of Lawrence Odell Holley and Ella Pauline Holley (Drake). Rock and roll singer, musician, and songwriter. Buddy died too soon but his music and influence on the culture will never die!

07 Sep 1936 1
Lubbock, Lubbock, TX, USA 1
03 Feb 1959 2
Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo, IA, USA 3

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Full Name:
Charles Hardin Holley 1
Also known as:
Buddy Holly 1
07 Sep 1936 1
Lubbock, Lubbock, TX, USA 1
Male 1
03 Feb 1959 2
Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo, IA, USA 2
Cause: Killed in a plane crash 2
Burial Date: 07 Feb 1959 3
Burial Place: City of Lubbock Cemetery, Lubbock, Lubbock, TX, USA 3
Mother: Ella Pauline Drake 1
Father: Lawrence Odell Holley 1
Maria Elena Santiago 1
15 Aug 1958 1
Lubbock, Texas 1
Rock and roll singer, musician, and songwriter 4
Baptist 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
The Music of Buddy Holly 5
Buddy Holly Center:
Lubbock, Texas 6
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
Inducted Sept 7, 2011 7
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
31 Dec 1969 8

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A Legend

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!

Story by genstorygirl

Buddy Holly Timeline

September 7, 1936
Birth of Charles Hardin Holley "Buddy Holly" in Lubbock, Lubbock, TX, USA

October 14, 1955
Age 19
"Bill Haley and the Comets" starred in a show at the Fair Park Auditorium with Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Snow and "Lubbock's own Buddy, Bob, and Larry."

January, 1956
Age 19
Buddy was offered a contract from Decca Records.

February 25, 1957
Age 20
"That Will Be the Day"
Clovis, NM, USA
Holly and the newly named Crickets recorded the rock version of "That Will Be the Day" at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico.

Age 20
"Peggy Sue"
His first hit under his own name was "Peggy Sue" (Number Three, 1957)

August 15, 1958
Age 21
Marriage of Charles Hardin Holley "Buddy Holly" to Maria Elena Santiago.

Age 21
"Oh Boy"
"Oh, Boy!," released at year's end by the Crickets, hit Number 10. By 1958, Holly had reached the Top 40 with "Maybe Baby" (Number 17), "Think It Over" (Number 27), "Early in the Morning" (Number 32), and "Rave On" (Number 37).

February 2, 1959
Age 22
Last Performance
Clear Lake, IA, USA
Buddy's last performance was at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa February 2, 1959.

February 3, 1959
Age 22
Death of Charles Hardin Holley "Buddy Holly"
Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo, IA, USA

February 7, 1959
Age 22
Burial of Charles Hardin Holley "Buddy Holly"
Lubbock, Lubbock, TX, USA

Age 22
"It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
Holly's death was marked by the release of "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" (Number 13, 1959), which topped the U.K. chart for six consecutive weeks. In his wake, Holly left behind enough old demos and uncompleted recordings to fill several posthumous collections.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
In 1986 Holly was one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"The Buddy Holly Story"
London, England
In 1989 the musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story opened on London's West End and was still running in 2001.

New York, NY, USA
The musical "The Buddy Holly Story" ran on Broadway in 1990.

Postage Stamp
He was honored with his own postage stamp.

"Not Fade Away"
In 1996 MCA released "Not Fade Away: Remembering Buddy Holly", featuring contributions from Waylon Jennings, Los Lobos, the Band, the Crickets, and others, as well as a "duet" between Holly and namesake the Hollies.

"50 Greatest of All Time"
Rolling Stone ranked Holly #13 among the "50 Greatest Artists of All Time"

September 7, 2011
Buddy Holly was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His star is located directly in front of the Capitol Records building on Vine Street, situated next to John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

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