Ely took his customised blend of early rock‘n’roll, rockabilly and Tex-Mex to a punk audience and far beyond.
On January 26, 1956, Buddy made his first ever recordings, credited to Buddy and the Two Tones.
The Crickets' version of 'Oh, Boy!' was one half of a definitive single of the era, backed by 'Not Fade Away.'
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.
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 Crickets' final UK chart appearance was a nod to the late Ritchie Valens, and featured A-list contributors James Burton and Leon Russell.
Buddy Holly influenced just about everyone who ever formed a group in the 1960s and the foundations he laid reverberate today.
Born on 7 September 1936, Buddy Holly stood apart from the rest of the 50s teen idols and oozed rock ‘n’ roll sensibility without even having to try.
The Who bassman was busy working theatres, halls and arenas across North America on his first tour in his own name in early 1975.
A trip through the musical life and times of the world-class singer-guitarist, born on 12 August 1949.
Buddy Emmons, one of the great steel guitar players with many great names in country, folk and pop, passed away July 29 at 78.
Joe B. Mauldin, who played double bass with Buddy Holly and the Crickets, has passed away at 74.