Buddy Holly

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Buddy Holly
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Buddy Holly in 1957
Background information
Birth nameCharles Hardin Holley
BornSeptember 7, 1936
Lubbock, Texas USA
DiedFebruary 3, 1959 (aged 22)
GenresRock and roll, rockabilly, pop
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1956 – 1959
LabelsDecca
Associated actsThe Crickets
WebsiteBuddyHolly.com
Notable instruments
Fender Stratocaster

Charles Hardin Holley or Buddy Holly (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959) was an American rock and roll singer, songwriter, and musician. He was from Lubbock, Texas. Buddy Holly is thought to be an important person in the history of Rock and Roll music and rockabilly music. Holly played several different types of instruments.

Buddy Holly died on February 3, 1959 when an airplane he was on crashed into a field near Mason City, Iowa. Also killed in the crash were Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.

Singer Don McLean's popular 1971 song "American Pie" made February 3 known as "The Day the Music Died."

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