Happy Birthday Buddy Holly!
Posted by Michael Mueller on September 7, 2010 at 11:57 AM
Legendary rock 'n' roll pioneer Buddy Holly was born September 7, 1936, in Lubbock, Texas. By the age of five, he was already playing 4-string banjo and lap steel guitar. By the age of 21, he had his first hit single, "That'll Be the Day," and appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show," where his band The Crickets performed that tune along with "Peggy Sue."
Sadly, in the midst of a miserable winter tour of the Midwest, a plane that Holly chartered and that was also carrying Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson crashed shortly after taking off in Mason City, Iowa, in the early morning hours of February 3, 1959—the day the music died. Holly was just 22.
Although his output was limited to an 18-month span, Holly would become one of the most influential early rock artists, providing inspiration to such legends as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan.