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Buddy Holly

Name at birth: Charles Hardin HolleyBuddy Holly was an early star of rock music whose most famous songs are "That'll Be The Day" and "Peggy Sue." Buddy Holly jumped into rock 'n' roll from a…

Buddy Holly Biography

Buddy Holly(Charles Hardin Holley)rock and roll singer, guitaristBorn: 9/7/1936Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas Singer and guitarist who was one of the first rock and roll musicians. With his band, The…

Diddley, Bo

(Encyclopedia) Diddley, Bo, 1928–2008, African-American singer, guitarist, and songwriter who was one of the founders of rock and roll, b. near McComb, Miss., as Otha Ellas Bates. He and his cousin,…

Owen Bradley Biography

Owen Bradley(Williams Owen Bradley)record producerBorn: 10/21/1915Birthplace: Westmoreland, Tennessee One of country music's pioneers, he opened the first recording studio on Nashville's Music Row in…

John Hollander Biography

John Hollanderpoet, criticBorn: 1929Birthplace: New York City Hollander's complex works examine the relationships between poetry and music and art and literature. Known for his scholarship…

Gary Busey

Gary Busey was nominated for an Oscar for his first lead role in 1978's The Buddy Holly Story, but modern audiences know him more for portraying wild-eyed villains in such films as Lethal Weapon (…

Lauren Holly Biography

Lauren Holly actressBorn: 10/28/1963Birthplace: Geneva, New York Film and television actress best known for her role on TV's Picket Fences. She got her start on the daytime drama All My Children…

Ritchie Valens

Name at birth: Richard ValenzuelaRitchie Valens' hit tune "La Bamba" made him America's first Hispanic rock star. He was just a kid of 17 from the Los Angeles suburbs when he released his first hit…

Bo Diddley

Name at birth: Ellas BatesBo Diddley was born in Mississippi and raised in Chicago, where he was exposed to music and the blues. After studying violin and trombone, he took up the electric guitar.…

Gary Busey Biography

Gary BuseyactorBorn: 6/29/1944Birthplace: Goose Creek, Texas A lanky blond, he won an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of the title character in The Buddy Holly Story (1978…