1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Buddy Holly (born September 7, 1936)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Everyday 1957
Buddy Holly also had hits with That’ll Be the Day and Oh, Boy! in 1957 and It Doesn’t Matter Any More in 1959.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1957-1959 Record Labels: Brunswick & Coral
Charles Hardin Holley, the youngest of four children, was born in Lubbock, Texas, where Buddy was a popular nickname for a male ‘baby of the family.’ By age 13, he and his friend Bob Montgomery were playing a kind of music they called ‘Western Bop,’ which they performed at local clubs. He added Larry Welborn and Jerry Allison to form ‘The Crickets.’ Bespectacled Buddy Holly was the guitarist and vocalist with a singing style that blends rockabilly irreverence with pop and rock ‘n’ roll. Among his Clovis, New Mexico, recordings were the western/bop/rock hit Peggy Sue, the hillbilly That’ll Be the Day, and the 50s EASY-POP hit Everyday featuring Norman Petty on the celeste. The Crickets musical talent, together with Buddy Holly’s unique ‘excited’ style of singing, quickly made them a success. He died in 1959 before his 23rd birthday. As part of a rock show, Buddy Holly toured with ‘The Big Bopper’ and Ritchie Valens. After a concert at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, their small chartered plane crashed and everyone on board was killed. His entire recording career lasted just 18 months.