Buddy Holly was a singer/ songwriter and guitarist who contributed some of the most influential music the rock and roll genre has seen. Born Charles Hardin Holley on the 7th of September 1936 in Lubbock Texas his mother nicknamed him Buddy. Later on the spelling of his surname was changed as the result of a spelling error on his first recording contract In 1949, he recorded himself singing a bluesy solo of Hank Snow’s ‘My Two Timin’ Woman’ In 1952 he met a student at his school by the name of Bob Montgomery who shared an interest in music like Buddy and paired up and performed duets at local clubs and at school talent shows. Soon after high school Buddy started a band and played country and western songs on a local radio station. Buddy was hugely influenced into playing rock ‘n’ roll songs after watching Elvis Presley perform at Lubbock in 1955. In 1955, Buddy opened for Bill Haley & His Comets at a local show organized by Eddie Crandall, and later signed up for a contract with Decca Records, and they miss spelt his last name as Holly. He then started using the miss spelt for of his last name in his musical career. He later formed a band called the ‘The Crickets’ with Niki Sullivan (guitar), Joe B. Mauldin (bass), and Jerry Allison (drums). Buddy Holly set the template for the standard rock and roll band: two guitars, bass, and drums. He was one of the first artists in rock and roll to write, produce, and perform his own songs. His work and music inspired and influenced various artists and also later musicians, the most notable being The Beatles, Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones, Don McLean, Bob Dylan, Steve Winwood, and Eric Clapton, and he also had a big influence on popular music. In 1986, Buddy Holly was one of the first people to make it on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Buddy Holly number 13 in "The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. Buddy Holly, along with Elvis Presley, managed to bridge the...
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