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Buddy Holly: Rock legend.

Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 - February 3, 1959) better known as Buddy Holly, was a pioneer of rock and roll.

Holly turned to rock music after seeing Elvis Presley sing live in Lubbock, Texas, in early 1955. A few months later, he appeared on the same bill with Presley, also in Lubbock.

Holly opened for Bill Haley & His Comets at a local rock show organised by Eddie Crandall. He was then offered a contract with Decca Records.

The change of spelling of "Holley" to "Holly" came about because of an error in a contract he was asked to sign. That spelling was then adopted for his professional career.

Although his success lasted only a year and a half before his death in an airplane crash, Holly is described by critic Bruce Eder as "the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll."

In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Holly 13th on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 21, 2008
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