Holly, Buddy

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Holly, Buddy Gender: M
Charles Hardin Holley
born on 7 September 1936 at 15:30 (= 3:30 PM )
Place Lubbock, Texas, 33n35, 101w51
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 15°03' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 11°59 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 10°07'

Buddy Holly


American musician, songwriter and performer who was a major rockabilly artist, beginning with pure country and then moving on to original soft-rock with his three-man group, "Buddy Holly and the Crickets." He was interested in black music from the mid-'50s and worked with rock rhythms from his first recording session on 26 January 1956. The group cut four albums before his classic "That'll Be the Day" launched him on the way to becoming a rock legend. His fame was cut short when he was killed in a small plane crash at the age of 23 on the night of 3 February 1959.

Buddy was the pampered last and fourth child of hardworking musically inclined parents. Growing up in Lubbock, Texas, his parents paid for Buddy's music lessons and his older brother loaned him $1000 for his first good guitar and amplifiers. In the 1950s, Lubbock was a conservative town, mostly tuning into country and western music, but Buddy loved the music of Little Richard, Fats Domino, Ray Charles and others. With great determination, he played his early rock-a-billy style music anywhere and anytime anyone asked him. He landed his first recording contract with Decca Records at the age of 19, switching later to independent record producer Norman Petty, in a completely state-of-the-art recording studio in Clovis, New Mexico. Teaming up with local musicians known as The Crickets, Holly composed such hits as "Peggy Sue," "Not Fade Away," "Oh Boy" and "Maybe Baby."

Holly and The Crickets toured England in March 1958, where the Beatles became strong fans. He mentored another Texan, Waylon Jennings, who would later become a Cricket and played one of his last shows in Duluth, Minnesota, to an audience that included young Bobby Zimmerman, who later changed his name to Bob Dylan.

Holly met Maria Santiago at Coral Records where she was receptionist and they married in August of 1958. Holly was a meticulous record keeper and eventually wrangled with his producer, Petty, over songwriting, the publicity and advertising and Petty's control over recording royalties.

Holly was leaving a concert in Clear Lake Iowa, on 3 February 1959, when his light plane crashed, killing Holly and two of his back-up players. Because it was storming and their tour bus could not get through, they chartered a plane to reach the next gig. The plane never arrived at its destination; Richie Valens and Big Bopper were also on the fated flight.

Though his professional career lasted only 18 months, Holly's musical style, ranging from the raucous "Rave On" to the delicate "Everyday," was unmatched and unique in the expressive vocals and agility on guitar solos. His influence in the UK is shown by Paul McCartney's ownership of the rights to all Holly's songs. He exerted artistic control over his recordings and employed unusual recording techniques such as echoes, double-tracking and overdubbing that have since become commonplace. Holly's influenced is seen in the work of the Beatles, the Hollies, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Elton John, and the Grateful Dead, all finding inspiration in his well crafted and up-beat tunes. Remakes of his music include performances of Linda Rondstadt and John Melencamp. The city of Lubbock, Texas, has purchased the largest single collection of memorabilia and has initiated a Center for the Arts which would house a permanent collection. Since 1959, Lubbock sponsors a Buddy Holly Music Festival drawing fans from all over the world, honoring a musician or artist for inductee into the Buddy Holly Walk of Fame for outstanding contributions to West Texas.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Big Bopper (born 24 October 1930). Notes: Died in the same plane crash
  • associate relationship with Huddle, Jack (born 1 February 1928). Notes: music partnership
  • associate relationship with Jennings, Waylon (born 15 June 1937). Notes: Did not get on the death plane
  • associate relationship with Keys, Bobby (born 18 December 1943)
  • associate relationship with Mauldin, Joe B. (born 8 July 1940). Notes: Members of The Crickets
  • associate relationship with Valens, Ritchie (born 13 May 1941). Notes: Died in the same plane crash
  • role played of/by Busey, Gary (born 29 June 1944). Notes: 1978 film "The Buddy Holly Story"


  • Work : New Career 26 January 1956 (First recording session)
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  • Death by Accident 3 February 1959 (Plane crash, age 22)
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Source Notes

Mary Keeley quotes his mom in an interview printed in "Reminiscing," given in AA, 10/1986. Nick Dagan Best in December 2005 points out that a news clipping at: http://www.buddyhollyarchives.com/birth.shtml gives his birth time as 6:10 PM. However, PT talked by phone with Buddy Holly historian Bill Griggs of Lubbock, TX on 12/8/05 who claimed that Mrs. Holly (Buddy's mother) insisted that she remembered that Buddy was born just as the older children were coming home from school. Griggs puts the time at about 2:30 PM. Because Buddy was born at home the time on the birth certificate and in the newspaper at the time was the time the birth was registered.

Starkman rectified to 14.18.44 CST


  • Traits : Personality : Perfectionist (Meticulous)
  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (Poor family but pampered)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Fourth of four)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Mentor/Tutor (Mentored Waylon Jennings)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem (Musical group)
  • Personal : Death : Accidental (Plane crash, terminal)
  • Personal : Death : Short Life less than 29 Yrs (Age 22)
  • Vocation : Beauty : Sex-symbol
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Country-Western (Bagan with pure country)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Buddy Holly and the Crickets)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Guitar)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Pioneer of many unusual recording techniques)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Culture Collection