Buddy Holly – Elvis Presley Texas – 1955 Fair Park Coliseum Elvis and Buddy Holly were friends who met often in 1955. Although Elvis Presley’s career developed much faster, the two men were only a year apart in age and came from similar backgrounds and family circumstances. When Elvis performed in Lubbock Texas, Holly’s hometown, in 1955, Holly opened for him and by some accounts stole the show. They hung out together after the show… in other words, they picked up women together.
Charles Hardin Holley Born in Lubbock, Texas, on September 7, 1936 Died: February 3, 1959. Was called Buddy since childhood. Buddy Holly, musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. Buddy Holly hits songs include: It Doesn’t Matter Anymore – It’s So Easy – Maybe Baby, Not Fade Away, Oh Boy! – Peggy Sue – Peggy Sue Got Married – Rave On – That’ll Be The Day – True Love Ways
On February 3, 1959, Holly, Valens, Richardson, and Peterson were killed instantly when their plane crashed into a cornfield five miles northwest of the Mason City, Iowa airport shortly after take-off… The bodies of the all persons were all ejected from the plane on impact, while Peterson’s body remained entangled in the wreckage. Holly had sustained fatal trauma to his head and chest and numerous lacerations and frac tures of his arms and legs. Holly’s funeral was held on February 7, 1959, at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Lubbock
Don McLean’s 1971 ballad “American Pie” was inspired by Holly’s tragic death. The song’s lyric recalls the incident “The Day the Music Died” became popularly associated with the crash.
But February made me shiver
With every paper I’d deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn’t take one more step
I can’t remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
Something touched me deep inside
The day the music died
McLean’s dedicated the album American Pie to Holly. In 2015, McLean wrote, “Buddy Holly would have the same stature musically whether he would have lived or died, because of his accomplishments. By the time he was 22 years old, he had recorded some 50 tracks, most of which he had written himself. Read More