Buddy Holly would have been 78 years old today. You probably know that he was one of rock and roll’s most important pioneers and laid much of the track for the rock and roll train, inspiring and influencing bands as diverse as the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead, and the Ramones. Here’s six facts about Buddy Holly that you probably didn’t know.
1. Real name:
Charles Hardin Holley. Who knew?
2. Stage name:
He was always called Buddy by his family as a nickname. But the last name changed after he was signed to Decca Records and they misspelled his name, omitting the “e”. Buddy Holly was born. Who knew?
3. Buddy’s trademark glasses
were not a fashion statement. Rather they were absolutely necessary because he had 20/800 vision. Who knew?
4. Future country star Waylon Jennings,
who was in Holly’s backup band at the time, was the one who gave up his seat to make room for Holly on the plane that eventually crashed, killing Holly along with Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Who knew?
5. Holly’s wife, Maria,
was pregnant at the time of Holly’s death, but miscarried the next day after hearing the terrible news. Who knew?
6. Holly was part of the inaugural group
of inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Who knew?
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