The Crickets' version of 'Oh, Boy!' was one half of a definitive single of the era, backed by 'Not Fade...
The 1965 success was written by Geoff Morrow and Chris Arnold, who would enjoy consistent sales as writers in the coming years.
'Early In The Morning' had a bizarre history, even by the standards of the chart battles that often took place in the 1950s.
From Ricky Nelson's 'Lonesome Town' to Elvis Presley's 'The Wonder Of You,' the versatile composer left his mark on pop history.
The Crickets' final UK chart appearance was a nod to the late Ritchie Valens, and featured A-list contributors James Burton and Leon Russell.
After 'Good Golly, Miss Molly,' Richard was on the radio and in the charts with another unique Specialty single, 'Ooh! My Soul.'
More than two years after his first US and international hit singles, Shannon made the US LP bestsellers at last.
On 20 June 1957, the great rock 'n' roll pioneer released the single 'Words Of Love,' which struck a real chord far away on Merseyside.
In June 1972, 'The Killer' was covering both rock 'n' roll and R&B originals.
He was never a household name himself, but Gallup's pioneering work with Gene Vincent’s Blue Caps made him a guitar god for Clapton, Page, Beck et al.
The LP marked the star's debut at his new home of Decca Records.
'Hello Mary Lou' was written by Gene Pitney, during his important year of 1961, as Ricky turned 21.
The pop singer-songwriter's long and successful career began in the 1950s and included multiple top-ten hits.
He wasn't an instant top UK ten artist, but this 1959 single was an important step on that road.
Organisers hope the statue will be erected in time for Richard's birth date of 5 December.
The service took place at Richard's alma mater, Oakwood University in Huntsville.