In 1955 a young Elvis sang live in Lubbock Texas and Charles Hardin (Buddy) Holly
was in the front row. A few months later On June 3, 1955 Buddy opened for Elvis at Connelly's Pontiac
Showroom, in a free show to attract customers. Holly's conversion to Rock was complete when he
opened for Bill Haley & his Comets at a local rock show organized by promoter Eddie Crandall. Bill Haley
was the biggest act in Rock Music at the time.
Upon Hearing the news of Buddy Holly death Elvis
Presley penned a letter of condolence to the USA excusing
himself for not being able to attend the funeral as he was
station in Germany as was not afforded leave
Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 Died
February 3, 1959) known as Buddy Holly. Holly
singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll.
Although his success lasted only a year and a half before
his death in an airplane crash, Holly is described as
"the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll."
Buddy Holly's music inspired and influenced both his
contemporaries and later musicians, notably The
Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Don McLean and Bob Dylan
Don Mclean tributed Buddy
Holly in the lyric of his song "American Pie"
was amongst the first group of inductees to the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame in 1986. 2004 Rolling Stone ranked Holly #13 of
"50 Greatest Artists of All Time"