BUDDY HOLLY Biography - Musicians


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Name: Buddy Holly                                                               
Birth name: Charles Hardin Holley                                               
Born: 7 September 1936 Lubbock, Texas U.S.                                       
Died: 3 February 1959                                                           
Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 - February 3, 1959), better known as   
Buddy Holly, was an American singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll.   
The change of spelling of "Holley" to "Holly" came about because of an error in 
a contract he was asked to sign, listing him as Buddy Holly. That spelling       
was then adopted for his professional career.                                   
Although his success lasted only a year and a half before his death in an       
airplane crash, Holly is described by critic Bruce Eder as "the single most     
influential creative force in early rock & roll." His works and innovations     
were copied by his contemporaries and later musicians, notably The Beatles and   
The Rolling Stones, and exerted a profound influence on popular music. In 2004, 
Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Holly #13 on their list of the 100 Greatest       
Artists of All Time.