Charles Hardin Holley (born in Lubbock, Texas, USA on 7 September 1936) 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.
Following a transition from rockabilly music, influenced by Elvis Presley, to rock, Holly formed his own band ‘The Crickets’ and began recording and making television appearances. Their most well-known hits include ‘That’ll Be The Day’, ‘Everyday’ and ‘Peggy Sue’. The band had the most notable influences on artists such as The Beatles, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, and in 2004 was ranked number 13 in the Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
During his successful year and a half in the limelight (cut short in February 1959 when Holly tragically died in a plane crash) Buddy Holly graced the Globe Theatre stage on March 5 1958, during his only UK tour.