1936 – Born on September 7th in Lubbock, Texas. An American singer and songwriter who produced some of the most distinctive and influential work in rock music.
1948 – He became seriously interested in music at about age 12 and pursued it with remarkable natural ability.
1955 – After hearing Elvis Presley, Holly was a full-time rock and roller.
1957 – Holly and his new group, the Crickets (Niki Sullivan on second guitar and background vocals, Joe B. Mauldin on bass, and the great Jerry Allison on drums), began their association with independent producer Norman Petty at his studio in Clovis, New Mexico.
– When the Crickets’ first single, “That’ll Be the Day,” was released, their label, Brunswick, did nothing to promote it. Nevertheless, the record had an irrepressible spirit, and by year’s end it became an international multi million-seller.
1959 – The hit records tapered off, and Holly was living in New York with his new bride. Estranged from the Crickets and broke, he was also contemplating legal action against Petty. This left him little choice but to participate in the doomed “Winter Dance Party of 1959” tour through the frozen Midwest.
– He and co-headliners Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) were killed in a plane crash. died on February 3rd near Clear Lake, Iowa.