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Celebrating Buddy Holly's 75th Birthday

September 07, 2011

Photo courtesy MCA Records

Today marks what would have been the 75th birthday of rock 'n' roll pioneer Buddy Holly. During his short time in the spotlight, the Texas singer and songwriter had 10 hits on the Billboard 100 chart. At the height of his fame, Holly was killed in a plane crash on February 3, 1959. He was just 22 years old. His musical influence can still be felt today, and Holly was among the first group of inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Elvis Presley crossed paths with Buddy on a few occassions. On February 13, 1955, Elvis headlined a concert at the Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas. Buddy Holly was at the bottom of the playbill as half of a country duo called 'Buddy and Bob.' When Elvis learned of Buddy Holly's death in 1959, he was very distraught and had a letter of condolence wired to Holly's family.