This is the first in a series of articles memorializing musicians who died before their time.
Buddy Holly was born September 7, 1936. His given name was Charles Hardin Holley. Born in Lubbock, Texas, Holly was the fourth of four children.
Buddy Holly was considered a pioneer of rock music. His band, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, inspired John Lennon and Paul McCartney to name their band The Beatles.
Buddy Holly's life came to a tragic end in a plane crash February 23, 1959, with fellow musicians Richie Valens and J. P. Richardson, also known as the Big Bopper. The plane crash was referred as "the day the music died" in the song "American Pie" by Don McLean.