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His music career lasted only 2 years and he is the single most influential creative face in early rock & roll. Rolling Stone ranks him 13th on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.
Here are some interesting facts in the life of Buddy Holly:
1) Their charted plane took off from the airport with young pilot Roger Peterson who was not qualified to fly in low visibility. At the time it was snowing. He was using only instruments.
2) The plane crashed into a corn field near Clear Lake, Iowa. The bodies of Buddy and Ritchie were thrown some distance from the plane and The Big Booper was dead near the crash site and the pilot was entangled in the plane.
3) Buddy opened for Elvis Presley 2 or 3 times in 1955
4) In 1980, 21 years after the crash, Buddy's famous Rimmed glasses were found in a police file, recovered from the corn field crash site and are on display in the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock Texas.
5) In Lubbock, there is a Buddy Holly Bronze statue, a Buddy Holly Street, The Buddy Holly Museum , The Buddy Holly Park and under construction is the New Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts.
6) Buddy Holly's band The Crickets, recorded the only LP (The Chirping Crickets) featuring Buddy , their debut album in 1957.
7) Buddy left a lasting impact on music and will never be forgotten with his smash hit songs, That'll Be The Day,Oh Boy and Peggy Sue. Here are some photos: