2000 - Individual Artist
Buddy Holly's rock ‘n roll career was a short one in terms of days, months and years, however, it was huge in terms of its effect on this emerging music phenomenon called rock and roll. His music was unique and set the tone for much of what was to come. His music lives on today, and new generations come to love his music with each passing year.
Buddy Holly was born Charles Hardin Holley on September 7th, 1936, in Lubbock, Texas. He began playing piano at age 11 but soon turned to the electric guitar. he began performing country music in clubs in Lubbock in his early teens, but his national fame began when he and his group "The Crickets" released "That'll be the Day" in mid-1957. It became #1 in the country in September of 57 and lofted Buddy to national and international prominence. He went on to perform around the world, from the U.S. to Europe to Australia and back. In his short career, Buddy had many hit songs, including "Maybe Baby", "Peggy Sue", "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" and many more. Buddy died in a plane crash near Clear Lake Iowa on February 3, 1959
Buddy and his music had a great impact on rock and roll in Iowa from its early days to the present. I am sure that most, if not all, of the inductees to the Hall of Fame here in Iowa have performed Buddy's songs, and one, Dee Jay & the Runaways, recorded a Holly song, "It Doesn't Matter Anymore".