Big frames is a replica of Buddy’s signature eyeglasses and can be found at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, TX. 33 34.703N, 101 50.554W

Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), known professionally as Buddy Holly, was an American singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll. Although his success lasted only a year and a half before his death in an airplane crash, Holly is described by critic Bruce Eder as “the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll.” His works and innovations inspired and influenced both his contemporaries and later musicians, notably The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan, and exerted a profound influence on popular music.

Charles Hardin Holley was born in Lubbock, Texas, to Lawrence Odell Holley and Ella Pauline Drake on Labor Day, 1936. The Holleys were a musical family and as a young boy Holley learned to play piano, guitar, and fiddle. He was always known as Buddy to his family. In 1949, Buddy made a recording of Hank Snow’s “My Two Timin’ Woman” on a wire recorder “borrowed” by a friend who worked in a music shop, his first known recording.

During the fall of that year, he met Bob Montgomery at Hutchinson Junior High School. They shared a common interest in music and soon teamed up as “Buddy and Bob”. Initially influenced by bluegrass music, they sang harmony duets at local clubs and high school talent shows. In Lubbock, Holly attended Hutchinson Junior High School, which has a mural honoring him, and Lubbock High School, which has numerous features to honor the late musician. His musical interests grew throughout high school while singing in the Lubbock High School Choir.

Buddy was offered the Winter Dance Party by the GAC agency, a three-week tour across the Midwest opening on January 23, 1959, with other notable performers such as Dion and the Belmonts, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. Holly, Valens, Richardson, and the pilot were killed when their small plane crashed soon after taking off from Clear Lake, Iowa on February 3, 1959. Don McLean referred to it as “The Day the Music Died” in his song “American Pie”
Featured in Statues and Such – 9/13/09
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  • jujubean
    jujubeanabout 5 years ago

    I didn’t know he was born in Lubbock! did you have a fun visit? I did but I was sick for one whole day that my bro was here. :(

  • Him and a few others, but there’s more about him around! I had a blast! I hope you’re feeling better :)

    – Donna Adamski

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 5 years ago

    oh this is nice Donna, I was a fan of Buddy in those days, still am, I even remember the day he died………some things never leave your mind

  • A blast from the past!! Thanks so much Vickie :)

    – Donna Adamski

  • DoreenPhillips
    DoreenPhillipsabout 5 years ago

    He must have had a big face to wear these……lol……….Great shot Dobna…….x

  • LOL! He was a big star! Thanks so much Dobreena :)

    – Donna Adamski

  • Anne Gitto
    Anne Gittoabout 5 years ago

    Very cute, thanks for shaing.

  • Thanks so much Anne and for the favoring :)

    – Donna Adamski

  • jujubean
    jujubeanabout 5 years ago

    I am,thanks!

  • John Vriesekolk
    John Vriesekolkabout 5 years ago

    Great shot and lesson in history Donna. Thanks

  • Thank you much John. I had fun on my “walkabout” in Texas! :)

    – Donna Adamski

  • Bea Godbee
    Bea Godbeeabout 5 years ago

    WOW!! Those are some FANTASTIC frames!—-JUST what I need! LOL! Great capture and info, Donna!!—-HUGZZZZZZZ—-Bea :D))XXXXX

  • LOL!! They are huge! Better to see you with my dear Bea! Thanks sweetie :)

    – Donna Adamski

  • gabbielizzie
    gabbielizzieabout 5 years ago

    congradulations on your feature

  • Thank you very much Liz…appreciate it :)

    – Donna Adamski

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