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Buddy Holly Essay

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Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly: An American music icon that died too soon.

Buddy Holly was killed in a plane crash in the Midwest when he was just 22 and left behind a wife he loved, and an incredible career that lasted only eighteen months.
Charles Hardin Holley was born on September 7, 1936 in Lubbock, Texas. He was the youngest of four siblings and his mother gave him the nickname “Buddy”. The spelling of “Holly” was the result of a misspelling in his first recording contract. He learned to play piano and fiddle at a very early age and his older brothers taught him to play the guitar. His parents were very supportive of his music and even gave him song ideas. His mother once wrote ...view middle of the document...

In October of 1958 Buddy Holly split from The Crickets and because of financial issues from the band break-up, he decided to tour in the Midwest with “The Winter Dance Party”. (Biography)
After performing a show in Clear Lake, Iowa and tired of broken down tour buses in harsh winter weather, he decided to charter a plane to his next stop in Moorhead, Minnesota. His passengers included Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper whose hits include “La Bamba” and “Chantilly Lace”. They crashed soon after takeoff in a field outside of Clear Lake. Buddy Holly was only 22 at the time of his death. His wife who he proposed to on their first date and married two months later never attended the funeral due to a recent miscarriage. She still owns the rights and trademarks to Buddy’s name. (Biography), (Wiki)
Holly’s recorded material has influenced Elvis Costello and Bob Dylan. The Rolling Stones had their first top single in 1964 with a cover of Holly’s “Not Fade Away”. The Beatles chose their name as a kind of endearment to “The Crickets”, and Paul McCartney has since purchased Holly’s publishing rights. Holly’s death was memorialized in Don McLean’s iconic song “American Pie” as “the day the music died.” Holly had big hits with “Maybe Baby”, “OH, Boy”, “It’s So Easy”, “That’ll Be the Day”, and “Peggy Sue”. Peggy sue was a real person, the song was a tribute to his drummer’s...

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