Buddy Holly was an American Hall of Fame
singer/guitarist/songwriter of Peggy Sue, Maybe Baby,
Everyday, Oh Boy! and That'll Be the Day fame.
Biographical fast facts
Full or original name at birth: Charles Hardin Holley*
Date and place of birth: September 7, 1936,
at 1911 6th Street, Lubbock, Texas, U.S.A.
Date, time, place and cause of death: February 3, 1959,
at 1:03 a.m., near Clear Lake, Iowa, U.S.A. (Plane crash) **
Wife: Maria Elena Santiago (m. August 15, 1958 - February 3, 1959) (his death)
Wedding took place at the Holley family home at
1606 39th Street, Lubbock, Texas, with Ben Johnson
of the Tabernacle Baptist Church officiating.
Siblings: Larry Ormand Holley (b. October 7, 1925, Lubbock, Texas)
Travis Holley (b. 1927, Vernon, Texas) (brothers)
Patricia Lou Holley (b. March 7, 1929, Lubbock, Texas) (sister)
Father: Lawrence Odell Holley (known as L.O. Holley)
(b. November 4, 1901, Harmon, Lamar County, Texas - d. July 8, 1985,
at approximately 8 p.m., West Texas Hospital, Lubbock, Texas, of a stroke)
Mother: Ella Pauline Drake (b. August 29, 1902 - d. May 20, 1990, Lubbock, Texas)
Burial site: City of Lubbock Cemetery, 2011 East 31st Street,
NOTE: "2011 E. 34th Street" is erroneously reported as the address
of the cemetery by many sources.
Error corrections or clarifications
* Several sources offer the misspelling "Charles Hardin Holly"
as his name at birth. The spelling change from Holley to Holly
didn't take place until he received his first recording contract
from Decca Records in 1956. They had inadvertently spelled his
last name "Holly" and he kept it that way for the remainder of
his career. Also, the 1958 marriage announcement that appeared
in the local Lubbock newspaper misspelled his name "Buddy Charles
Halley." Some editions of Chase's Calendar of Events misspell
Buddy's middle name "Harden."
** Some sources mistakenly list "Mason City, Iowa" as
his place of death. Although this is where the
plane took off, the crash took place closer to Clear Lake,
Trivia - Credits - Hobbies - Residences
In reference to the popular, critically-acclaimed 1978 film,
The Buddy Holly Story, his brother Larry Holley reports,
"That movie was completely erroneous."
In addition to Gary Busey's 1978 The Buddy Holly Story, his
story was also told in the stage play, Buddy, which had a
successful run on London's West End. The musical found its way to
the Shubert Theatre on Broadway in 1990, but closed the next year.
Buddy Holly opened for Elvis Presley on more than one occasion,
and they became friends. Elvis was also the catalyst for Buddy's
shift from rockabilly to Rock & Roll. The talented singer/songwriter
had smash hits with both his band, The Crickets, and as a solo artist.
The plane in which Buddy Holly and fellow singers Ritchie Valens,
and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed, was a
single engine, four-passenger Beechcraft Bonanza. Investigations
showed the plane was properly maintained, and in good operating
order at the time of the crash. The Civil Aeronautics Board
concluded that the probable cause of the accident, ". . . was the
pilot's unwise decision to embark on a flight which would necessitate
flying solely by instruments when he was not properly certificated
or qualified to do so. Contributing factors were serious deficiencies
in the weather briefing, and the pilot's unfamiliarity with the
instrument which determines the attitude of the aircraft."
Buddy Holly was part of the initial group of music pioneers
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. The
inaugural Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took
place at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, January 23rd, 1986.
Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino,
The Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Elvis
Presley, were among his fellow inductees that year. That fact
alone speaks volumes as to his prominent place in music history.
In 1993, the U.S. Postal Service officially released a First-Class
stamp honoring Buddy Holly as part of their Legends of American
Music stamp series.
Selected singing credits: Blue Days, Black Nights (1956) Early in the Morning (1958) Everyday (1957) Fool's Paradise (1958) Girl On My Mind (1958) Heartbeat (1958) I'm Gonna Love You Too (1958) I'm Looking For Someone To Love (1957) It's So Easy (1958) Listen To Me (1958) Lonesome Tears (1958) Love Me (originally released in 1956) Maybe Baby (1958) Modern Don Juan (1956) Not Fade Away (1957) Now We're One (1958) Oh Boy! (1957) Peggy Sue (1957) Peggy Sue Got Married (1959) Rave On (1958) Rock Around With Ollie Vee (1957) Take Your Time (1958) Tell Me How (1958) That'll Be the Day (1957) Think It Over (1958) Ting-A-Ling (1958) Well, All Right (1958) Words Of Love (1957) You Are My One Desire (originally released in 1956)
Selected songwriting credits: Everyday It's So Easy Peggy Sue Peggy Sue Got Married That'll Be the Day True Love Ways
Selected TV guest appearances: American Bandstand The Ed Sullivan Show
Roscoe Wilson Elementary School
Hutchinson Junior High
Lubbock High School (Graduated May 27th, 1955)
Waterskiing, boating, horseback riding, woodworking, karate, fishing,
hunting, and he was also taking flying lessons to become a private pilot.
Residences of Buddy Holly:
Note that these residences may no longer exist, and it's
possible the addresses have changed over the years.
This is not to suggest that Buddy Holly owned each and
every one of these structures. We're only reporting the
fact that he resided in them at one point or another in
1911 6th Street, Lubbock, Texas, U.S.A.
3315 36th Street, Lubbock, Texas, U.S.A.
3204 1st Street, Lubbock, Texas, U.S.A.
1906 24th Street, Lubbock, Texas, U.S.A.
1305 37th Street, Lubbock, Texas, U.S.A.
1606 39th Street, Lubbock, Texas, U.S.A.
Brevoort Apartments, 11 Fifth Avenue at 9th St., Apartment 4H,
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
The most in-depth of more than three dozen
sources consulted in preparing this profile,
was the 1995 book, Buddy Holly: A Biography,
by Ellis Amburn.
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