Ritchie Valens died February, 1959. The plane that was too take
them to their next performance crashed killing all aboard. In the
song "American Pie" Don McLean pays tribute too Holly singing
"THIS IS THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED".
Holly's backing band was known as the Crickets. Despite his
too-short career, Buddy Holly influenced some of today's
greatest musical icons. Buddy Holly's music, songwriting and
style inspired these artists to become legends in their own right.
His talent and style inspired Paul McCartney and John Lennon
to name their band the Beatles. He also infuenced Eric Clapton,
Jimmy Hendrix, Waylon Jennings, Bruce Springsteen, Elton
John, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, and
many more. Francis Ford Coppola borrowed Holly's song title
for his 1986 movie Peggy Sue Got Married.
Born Charles Hardin Holley on September 7, 1936 -
Holly's death was way too soon for this aspiring artist.