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U.S. rock and roll pioneer Buddy Holly remembered with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame


09:07, September 13, 2011

File photo of Buddy Holly

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- U.S. rock star Buddy Holly has posthumously received the 2,447th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday, when the singer would have celebrated his 75th birthday.

The singer-songwriter's widow, Maria Elena Santiago, accepted the honor on his behalf at an event held in front of the Capitol Records building on Vine Street.

She was joined by Phil Everly, of the Everly Brothers, Peter Asher of Peter and Gordon and actor Gary Busey, who played Holly in the 1978 biographical drama "The Buddy Holly Story."

Born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas, on Sept. 7, 1936, Holly signed a contract with Decca Records in 1956, recording demos and singles in Nashville, Tennessee, under the name Buddy Holly and the Three Tunes.

He shot to stardom after he and a revised band lineup, now dubbed the Crickets, recorded "That'll be the Day" in 1957. Of the Top 40 Hits worldwide, Holly had 27 in the ensuing 18 months before his death in February 1959, when the private plane he was traveling on went down in Iowa en route to Moorhead, Minnesota for a performance.

Holly's legacy inspired and influenced contemporary and later musicians, notably The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton, and exerted a profound influence on popular music. He was also among the first group of singers to be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

In 2004, Holly was ranked by "Rolling Stone" as the 13th among "The Fifty Greatest Artists of All Time."


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scott at 2011-09-13216.80.124.*
that "file photo" is not Buddy Holly. My guess is it"s an actor.

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