If you’re a key member of a successful band, the solo bug will bite. Here we salute some of the most notable artists who found life after the band.
The guitarist is revered for his work with the 1950s rock 'n' roll hero, after Buddy split with the original Crickets.
One of the happy moments in Ritchie's all-too-brief career came on 29 December 1958, when he entered the Billboard Hot 100 with the classic 'La Bamba.'
The Crickets' version of 'Oh, Boy!' was one half of a definitive single of the era, backed by 'Not Fade Away.'
‘Clear Lake’ tells the story of how Buddy Holly and his contemporaries birthed the sound of rock’n’roll, while changing the course of civil rights in America.
The album advertised the artist's rare ability to interpret UK and US pop, the country, soul and folk flavours of her past and the West Coast album sound.
Fuller and his group's version of 'I Fought The Law' is a classic rock'n'roll record, but always risks being upstaged by the macabre circumstances of his death.
The producer of Patsy Cline’s timeless hits and songs by Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, Brenda Lee and many other greats was born on October 21, 1915.
Berry's quickfire writing and delivery had him bemoaning his lot in an eloquent inventory of all the things that had been sent to try him.
Buddy liked the acoustics of the Air Force club in Oklahoma, so the group recorded there after playing locally in the Show of Stars '57 package.
September 20, 1969 marked a transatlantic triumph for the short-lived but fondly-remembered quartet.
In the vinyl era, every genre of music developed its own visual aesthetic, a tip-off to the listener as to what could be found inside the album cover.
Listen to our playlist of this unique instrument, honouring 'Leo' Fender, born on August 10, 1909.
Listen to some of the well-known and more obscure entries on Billboard's first-ever Hot 100, for the week of August 4, 1958.
The histories of the most iconic recording studios – Sun, Motown, Abbey Road – have made them almost as famous as the musicians who have recorded there.