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Buddy Holly gold Omega watch Sold at Auction Birthday Holly Hit Songs: Oh Boy! - Everyday  - Maybe Baby  - That’ll Be the Day Love’s Made a Fool of You  - It’s So Easy  - Well…All Right 
Peggy Sue  - Rave On  - Not Fade Away

Omega Watch owned Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly  diamond & white gold Omega wristwatch, a Birthday gift from his wife

Buddy Holly Plane Crash
Buddy Holly Plane Crash

Don McLean - American Pie Lyrics
Referring to the Death of Buddy Holly February 1959

But February made me shiver With every paper I’d deliver.
Bad news on the doorstep. I couldn’t take one more step.
I can’t remember if I cried. When I read about his widowed bride.
But something touched me deep inside. The day the music died.


Buddy Holly and Elvis in Lubbock Texas 1955
Elvis talking to Buddy Holly Lubbock Texas
Only known picture of Elvis & Buddy Holly

In 1955 a young Elvis sang live in Lubbock Texas and Charles Hardin (Buddy) Holly was in the front row. A few months later On June 3, 1955 Buddy opened for Elvis at Connelly's Pontiac Showroom, in a free show to attract customers. Holly's conversion to Rock was complete when he opened for Bill Haley & his Comets at a local rock show organized by promoter Eddie Crandall. Bill Haley was the biggest act in Rock Music at the time.

That Will Be The Day - Buddy Holly

As a direct result of this performance Holly was offered a contract with Decca Records. Then on Feb 8,1956, when signing the contract he changed his name from "Holley" to "Holly". During his first recording session he put down the classic rocker "That'll Be The Day", which took its title from a phrase that John Wayne's character used in  The Searchers 1956

Many of the songs that he was later to compose including "That'll Be The Day" feature a vocal "hiccup" pioneered in the main by Elvis Presley to break-up certain words

Buddy Holly toured Australia for Lee Gordon in 1958. That same year he met Maria Elena Santiago while she was working as a receptionist for Peer-Southern Music. Legend tells us that he proposed to her on their very first date and they were married in Lubbock Texas 15 August 1958, just two months after they met.

Although his success lasted only 18 months before his death in an airplane crash (which also took the lives of fellow musicians Ritchie Valens & The Big Bopper) Holly is described by Historians (next to Chuck Berry) as one of the most influential creative forces in early Rock n Roll, profoundly influencing The Beatles & The Rolling Stones. The Stones were to record a cover of Holly's "Not Fade Away" Buddy Holly's funeral held on Feb 7, 1959 at the Tabernacle Baptist Church. He was buried in the City of Lubbock Cemetery.

His headstone carries the correct spelling of his surname (Holley) and a carving of his Fender Stratocaster guitar. Note: Buddy's widow Maria Elena was two weeks pregnant at the time of his death. She would ultimately miscarry and loose the baby. Maria did not attend the funeral. 

Buddy Holly and wife Maria Elena

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