Rock and Roll Pioneer Buddy Holly Remembered on 75th Birthday (VIDEO)

Rock and Roll Pioneer Buddy Holly Remembered on 75th Birthday (VIDEO)

Rock and Roll Pioneer Buddy Holly Remembered on 75th Birthday (VIDEO)

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Sept. 7 2011 4:06 PM

Rock and Roll Pioneer Buddy Holly Remembered on 75th Birthday (VIDEO)

Buddy Holly is trending on what would have been his 75th birthday.


The rock-and-roll pioneer from Lubbock, Texas, was opening for Elvis Presley by age 19, and from 1957 to 1959 he generated 10 hit singles, including "Rave-On," “That’ll Be the Day,” and "Peggy Sue.”

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In February 1959 at the age of 22, Holly died in a plane crash along with Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. But he left an enduring musical legacy—from the standard rock-and-roll band setup of two guitars, a bass, and drums to a body of blues and rockabilly music that helped bridge the racial divide in popular music.


In June 2011, Rave-On, a Buddy Holly tribute album, was released and features covers by the Black Keys, Paul McCartney, Fiona Apple, Lou Reed, and others.