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Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly in 1957
Background information
Birth name Charles Hardin Holley
Born September 7, 1936
Lubbock, Texas USA
Died February 3, 1959 (aged 22)
Genres Rock and roll, country
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1956 – 1959
Labels Decca
Associated acts The Crickets
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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