Buddy Holly, was an American musician, singer-songwriter and record producer who was a central buddy Holly – Legend pioneering figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. Holly’s recording sessions at Decca were produced by Owen Bradley. The album Chirping Crickets, released in November 1957, reached number five on the UK Albums Chart.
Holly made his second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in January 1958 and soon after, toured Australia and then the UK. During his short career, Holly wrote, recorded, and produced his own material. He is often regarded as the artist who defined the traditional rock-and-roll lineup of two guitars, bass, and drums. Since he could not play it, his brother Larry greased the strings so it would not make any sound.
During his early childhood, Holley was influenced by the music of Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Snow, Bob Wills, and the Carter Family. By 1955, after graduating from high school, Holley decided to pursue a full-time career in music. He was further encouraged after seeing Elvis Presley performing live in Lubbock, whose act was booked by Pappy Dave Stone of KDAV. In February, Holley opened for Presley at the Fair Park Coliseum, in April at the Cotton Club, and again in June at the Coliseum. On January 26, 1956, Holly attended his first formal recording session, which was produced by Owen Bradley.
That’ll Be the Day” was released on May 27, 1957. He booked them for appearances in Washington, D. That’ll Be the Day” topped the US “Best Sellers in Stores” chart on September 23 and was number one on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in November. In the last week of September, the band members flew to Lubbock to visit their families. On January 8, 1958, Holly and the Crickets joined America’s Greatest Teenage Recording Stars tour. The Ed Sullivan Show, singing “Oh, Boy!
Holly hired Tommy Allsup to play lead guitar. The session produced the recordings of “It’s So Easy” and “Heartbeat”. Holly was impressed by Allsup and invited him to join the Crickets. During a visit to the offices of Peer-South, Holly met María Elena Santiago. He asked her out on their first meeting and proposed marriage to her on their first date. The wedding took place on August 15.