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Buddy Holly

Born: September 7, 1936, Lubbock, Texas
Died: February 3, 1959 (aged 22), Clear Lake, Iowa

Charles Hardin Holley, known professionally as Buddy Holly was an American singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll. 

The change of spelling of "Holley" to "Holly" came about because of an error in a contract he was asked to sign, listing him as Buddy Holly. That spelling was then adopted for his professional career.

What do you know about Buddy Holly? Rock & Roll to this Quick Quiz.

1) Buddy signed his first record contract on February 8, 1956 as a single artist. Who was the record label.

  • Capitol
  • RCA
  • Decca

2) In Lubbock, Holley formed his backup group the Crickets. They began record records and started using Norman Petty’s studio. Where was Petty’s studio?

  • Lubbock, Texas
  • Clovis, New Mexico
  • El Paso, Texas

3) In New York, Buddy meet Maria Elena Santiago (born 1935 in San Juan, Puerto Rico). Two months later they got married. What is the marriage date?

  • August 1, 1958
  • July 15, 1958
  • August 15, 1958

4) What was Buddy’s hit #1 on the U.S. pop chart, plus #2 on the R&B chart?

  • “Rock Around The Clock”
  • “That Will Be the Day”
  • “Ain’t She Crazy”

5) In late 1958 or early 1959, the original Crickets split with Buddy. For his upcoming concert store, he picked up Tommy Allsup, Carl Bunch, and another artist to play backup. Who is the “another” artist?

  • Cliff Clavin
  • Wayon Jennings
  • Mark Reynolds

6) What was the date the “music died”?

  • February 3, 1959
  • February 6, 1959
  • February 23, 1959

7) Buddy chartered a Beechcraft Bonzana to fly him and his group to Fargo, North Dakota. Who was NOT a passenger that night with Buddy?

  • Ritchie Valens
  • J.P. Richardson (“The Big Bopper”)
  • Waylon Jennings

8) Who owns the publishing rights to Buddy Holly’s songs?

  • Michael Jackson
  • Paul McCartney
  • Michael Jordan

9) Who played Buddy in the movie “The Buddy Holly Story”? He did get nominated for Oscar’s Best Actor award.

  • Tom Cruise
  • Gary Busey
  • Kevin Costner

10) Where is Buddy Holly buried?

  • Tabernacle Baptist Cemetery, Clovis, New Mexico
  • Washington Square Park, Lubbock, Texas
  • City of Lubbock Cemetery, Lubbock, Texas

Buddy Holly Answers

  1. Decca
  2. Clovis, New Mexico
  3. August 15, 1958
  4. "That Will Be the Day”
  5. Waylon Jennings
  6. February 3, 1959
  7. Waylon Jennings
  8. Paul McCartney
  9. Gary Busey
  10. City of Lubbock Cemetery, Lubbock, Texas

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