Buddy Holly

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Buddy was only on the scene for a short while but his contributions to rock and roll were enormous. He has influenced future artists long after his death. If he had lived a little longer it is certain he would have provided the world with an even greater list of hit songs.

Buddy Holly was born in 1936 and was a pioneer in the development of the music genre that would become known as rock and roll. His influences were largely blues music, gospel, rhythm and blues and country. He first came on to the scene with the band The Crickets. He later broke off from the group and went solo.

In 1959 Holly started a new band and began a tour with them across America. Sadly, it was during this tour time that Holly would die in a plane crash along with other music stars of the age the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. This tragic event would eventually be known as the “Day the Music Died”, a term coined by Don McLean in his song American Pie.

Despite being very young with a promising career when he died Buddy Holly left an indelible mark on music. His influence can still be heard today. His music helped to shape the songs of the 60’s and 70’s. Music as we know it would not sound nearly as good were it not for Holly.

Best Buddy Holly Songs To Listen To

  • True Love Ways

This is the sweetest of all the Holly songs.

  • That’ll Be the Day

One of the greatest rock and roll song of all time.

  • Words of Love

A beautiful ballad about love.

  • Rave On

The easiest of the Holly songs to dance to.

Bands Influenced By Buddy Holly

  • The Beatles
  • Bob Dylan
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Eric Clapton
  • Weezer
  • Elton John