Buddy Holly (Charles Hardy Holley 1936-1959) was a pop/country/rock 'n' roll writer and performer who, despite his short career and early tragic death, became one of the most significant figures of popular music well beyond his own time. He was a major influence on later artists including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, and was one of the first performers inculcated in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Holly was the victim of an aeroplane crash in the early hours of 3 February 1959 while on a US tour of concerts. Holly had chartered the plane to avoid travelling on the tour bus in chilly, snowy conditions. Also travelling with him were the recording stars Ritchie Valens and J.P. 'The Big Bopper' Richardson. All three singers died in the crash. Holly's bride of only six months, Marie Elena, miscarried with what would have been the couple's only child soon after her husband's funeral.
Many of Holly's songs (some recorded solo on a home recorder) were post-produced and released by his manager Norman Petty, with several becoming posthumous hits.
Listen to some of Buddy Holly's greatest hits on Spotify.
That'll be the Day (1957)
Peggy Sue (1957)
Rave On (1958)
It Doesn't Matter Anymore (1959)
True Love Ways (1960)
Brown Eyed Handsome Man (1963)