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Charles ‘Buddy’ Holly was born on September 7th, 1936 in Texas. Buddy was destined to be a musician by the age of five years old, when he won a talent show singing a popular song. His two other brothers taught him to play several instruments.
Buddy opened for Elvis Presley and Bill Haley before Decca Records signed him. He then constructed his professional band, The Crickets.
Buddy was invited to perform at The Winter Dance Party, along with Ritchie Valens and a couple other big name performers. They were flown to the cities they were to play in. On February 3rd, the plane took off, but crashed shortly afterward. Ten years later, ‘Miss America Pie’, written by Don McLean, related the sad story. The song became a favorite around the country. It became a particular favorite with one traveling teenage girl who decided to research Buddy Holly for a school assignment one week.
Although he only lived to be 23 years old, Buddy Holly’s reputation as one of the most influential singer/songwriters of his generation still lives on today.