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Buddy Holly was only a musician for a few short years but what he brought to Rock and Roll will never be forgotten. He wrote a lot of his own music and was an innovator at the time with his use of the latest musical equipment and technology. One of the things Holly was the first to try out was called double tracking. Double tracking is the recording of a vocal track and then playing it back to sing along with it while recording both at once. That alone influenced hundreds of musicians after him. He was also one of the first to use what we now see as a standard band line up, details here, two guitars, a bass and a drum set. It sounds odd that it was started with Holly considering all of the big jazz bands and groups that came before him but he reduced the size to fit the sound of the music he was producing. He was a huge inspiration to people like Elvis, The Beatles and even the Rolling Stones. Had it not been for an untimely death due to a plane crash when he was only 22, who knows what else might have come.

On August 15th 1958, Buddy Holly married Maria Elena Santiago, less than two months after they’d met. They met at Peermusic, where Santiago was a receptionist. Holly asked her out on the spot, but she’d never dated before. To remedy that, Holly received her aunt’s permission, and they went on their first date.

By the end of the first date, Holly asked Santiago to marry him, and they were married less than two months later Read the rest of this entry »

The music business has always had a shady side. All the legends of modern music, including Elvis Presley, Louis Armstrong, and Sam Cooke had to fight to keep their integrity when faced with the massive corruption of the day. Although Buddy Holly’s brief career was only tangential to the huge studios of Los Angeles and Nashville, the dishonesty of the music industry still touched his life and may have pushed him to make some tragic decisions.

Norman Petty, a recording engineer Read the rest of this entry »

In addition to his vocal performances, Buddy Holly (born Charles Hardin Holley) was a talented musician and industry changing innovator that was known to play many instruments throughout his lifetime.

While growing up with his brothers Travis and Larry Holley, he was taught to play many stringed instruments. The earliest instrument Buddy was reported to have played was the violin, or fiddle. Showing an interest in guitar, his parents had him enrolled in lap steel guitar lessons until he decided that he would rather play the guitar his brother Travis played, the acoustic. Because of this he Read the rest of this entry »

On what would have been Buddy Holly’s 75th birthday, his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was unveiled. It was a star studded event. Many of the actors from the Oscar and Golden Globe nominated film “The Buddy Holly Story” lined the sidewalk as the star was honored. Buddy Holly’s widow accepted the 2,447th star added to the Walk of Fame on his behalf. During the dedication, it was declared to be “Buddy Holly Day” in Los Angeles.
Buddy Holly’s star was long overdue. He is known as one of the top 50 greatest artists of Read the rest of this entry »

Born on September 7, 1936 in Lubbock Texas, Buddy Holly is considered a pioneer of American rock and roll. Some music critics believe that Holly may be one of the most influential artists in the early years in the development of the rock and roll genre.

Charles Hardin Holley was the youngest son of Lawrence and Ella Holley, and his family nickname was “Buddy.” He learned to play a number of musical instruments including the banjo and the steel guitar under the Read the rest of this entry »

Charles Hardin Holley, better known by his stage name Buddy Holly was an influential early rock n roll musician who died at the age of just 22. Buddy Holly died in a plane crash as he moved between dates on the Winter Dance Party tour with fellow musicians Ritchie Valens and J.P. The Big Bopper Richardson.

Growing up playing various musical instruments, Holly had been inspired to change his style of music from bluegrass to rock n roll after attending an early Elvis Presley concert in his home town of Lubbock, Texas. Signing a recording contract with Decca in 1956 Buddy Read the rest of this entry »

Buddy Holly was only a musician for a few short years but what he brought to Rock and Roll will never be forgotten. He wrote a lot of his own music and was an innovator at the time with his use of the latest musical equipment and technology.

One of the things Holly was the first to try out was called double tracking. Double tracking is the recording of a vocal track and then playing it back to sing along with it Read the rest of this entry »