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"
Holly 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"