Buddy Holly
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"Charles Hardin Holley", known professionally as "Buddy Holly", was an American musician and singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll. Although his success lasted only a year and a half before his The Day the Music Died/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 contemporary and later musicians, notably the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and Elvis Costello, and exerted a profound influence on popular music. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Holly number 13 on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.

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This is one night that can never be repeated again, ... You'll never see all these people, all these stars on the same stage. This is phenomenal.

I'm not trying to stump anybody, ... It's the beauty of the language that I'm interested in.

If anyone asks you what kind of music you play, tell him 'pop.' Don't tell him 'rock'n'roll' or they won't even let you in the hotel.

But that's not so with John. He was very much at the height of his popularity and his creativity. It's a tragedy.

Death is very often referred to as a good career move.

We like this kind of music. Jazz is strictly for stay-at-homes.