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Charles Hardin Holley was born on 7 September 1936, in Lubbock, Texas USA, and was a musician, singer, and songwriter, best known for being part of the 1950s revolution of rock ‘n’ roll. He made many television appearances, and would be responsible for numerous hit songs. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.

How rich was Buddy Holly? As of mid-2016, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $1 million, mostly earned through a successful career in music. He had numerous chart topping hits, and would tour around the country, sometimes as a front act for Elvis Presley, and all of these ensured the position of his wealth.

Buddy Holly Net Worth $1 million

Holly was born into a family very interested in music, and every one of them had musical hobbies. As a child, he would perform at local competitions, and at the age of 11 started taking piano lessons. He then decided to switch to the guitar, and his brother Travis taught him how to play it, and growing up, he was influenced by the music of Hank Williams, Bob Wills, and Hank Snow. He became friends with Bob Montgomery, and the two would start playing music together. While in high school, he also met other musicians such as Sonny Curtis and Jerry Allison. Soon Buddy and Montgomery would play together as “Buddy and Bob”, performing on various radio stations, and after matriculating from high school in 1955, Buddy decided to fully pursue a career in music.

He incorporated Larry Welborne and Allison into his band and then switched to rock ‘n’ roll. Eventually, after sending a demo to Paul Cohen, the band was signed to Decca Records. 1956 was the year they had their first recording session, and it would produce the album “Blue Days, Black nights”. They would tour to promote the album, and were eventually named “Buddy Holly and the Three Tunes”. In 1957, Holly’s contract would not be renewed, but inspired by other artists who made their own records, he would go with Allison, Joe B. Mauldin, and Niki Sullivan to record in New Mexico. They recorded the demo “That’ll Be the Day” and since they could not use their name, they called the band The Crickets. With the recording company impressed, they released the song without making a newer recording.

The Crickets started touring, and were booked to play in various locations around the US. Holly would appear in “American Bandstand”, and soon the song “That’ll Be the Day” would become a US best seller. Later on, they would release more songs including “Peggy Sue” and “Everyday”. The band was now called “Buddy Holly and the Crickets” and they would record the album “The “Chirping” Crickets” in 1957. It would chart highly once again with songs such as “Oh, Boy!” and “Not Fade Away”. In 1958, their popularity would lead them to perform internationally including in the UK, and they would create more songs including “Reminiscing” and “Come Back Baby”. Eventually, due to disagreements with their manager, Holly left the Crickets.

He assembled a new band consisting of Carl Bunch, Tommy Allsup and Waylon Jennings. They then went on The Winter Dance Party Tour in 1959, however, travelling in the winter proved to be problematic for all of them. Due to difficulties travelling by bus, they decided to take an airplane to their next venue in Moorhead, Minnesota. The plane took off in inclement weather despite not being cleared to fly. They crashed in a corn field outside Mason City, Iowa killing all of the passengers.

For his personal life, it is known that Holly married Maria Elena Santiago, actually proposing to her on their first date. Their manager disapproved of the marriage, and Santiago had to pretend to be his secretary to avoid disappointing female fans. Santiago would later blame herself for not convincing Holly to stay, after she discovered he died in the ‘plane crash.

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Earth to Echo 2014 performer: "Everyday" / writer: "Everyday"
The 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2014 TV Movie "It's So Easy"
Helix 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Apprentice 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Marty Stuart Show 2011-2013 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Big Bad Wolves 2013 performer: "Everyday" / writer: "Everyday"
Good Ol' Freda 2013 Documentary performer: "Words of Love" / writer: "Words of Love"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011-2012 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Van Sessions 2011 TV Series short writer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance Canada 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Roaring 20s: Mick Jagger's Glory Years 2011 Video documentary performer: "That'll Be the Day", "Bo Diddley" / writer: "That'll Be the Day", "Not Fade Away"
We Need to Talk About Kevin 2011 performer: "Everyday" / writer: "Everyday"
Rock & Chips TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Les toqués TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2011 music - 1 episode, 2011
The Music Never Stopped 2011 writer: "Not Fade Away/Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad" Traditional
Mafia II 2010 Video Game performer: "NOT FADE AWAY", "RAVE ON", "THAT'LL BE THE DAY" / writer: "NOT FADE AWAY" - as Charles Hardin / writer: "THAT'LL BE THE DAY"
Valentine's Day 2010/I writer: "Everyday"
The Vampire Diaries 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Did You Hear About the Morgans? 2009 performer: "True Love Ways" / writer: "True Love Ways"
Nowhere Boy 2009 writer: "That'll Be the Day"
Love Happens 2009 writer: "Everyday"
Mr. Nobody 2009 performer: "Everyday" / writer: "Everyday"
Dancing with the Stars 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Wildwood Days 2008 Documentary performer: "THAT'LL BE THE DAY' / writer: "THAT'LL BE THE DAY'
Qwerty TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Lost TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Banda sonora TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Fields of Fuel 2008 Documentary writer: "Not Fade Away" 1957 - as Charles Hardin
Juno 2007 performer: "Dearest"
American Masters 2007 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
It Takes Two 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Skins TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007
Jukebox Rock 'n' Roll Vol. 1 2007 Video performer: "Peggy Sue" / writer: "Peggy Sue"
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Glory Road 2006 performer: "Rave On"
Idols! 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Stoned 2005 lyrics: "Not Fade Away" - as Hardin / music: "Not Fade Away" - as Hardin
Brokeback Mountain 2005 writer: "It's So Easy"
Skeppsholmen TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2003 music - 1 episode, 2003 performer - 1 episode, 2003
Big Fish 2003 performer: "Everyday" / writer: "Everyday"
Evil 2003 performer: "Peggy Sue"Written by nm0391398 as Holly, nm0021448 as Allison and nm0678806 as Petty
Almost Famous 2000 lyrics: "Peggy Sue" / music: "Peggy Sue"
Walking the Tracks: The Summer of Stand by Me 2000 Video documentary short performer: "Everyday" - uncredited / writer: "Everyday" - uncredited
Maybe Baby 2000 writer: "Maybe Baby" - as Charles Hardin
The Sopranos 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Walking Across Egypt 1999 writer: "Not Fade Away" - as Charles Hardin
Stars in Their Eyes 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
October Sky 1999 performer: "That'll Be the Day" / writer: "That'll Be the Day"
Pleasantville 1998 performer: "Rave On"
Space Bunnies Must Die! 1998 Video Game performer: "Rave On"
Tohuwabohu 1998 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Deceiver 1997 performer: "Moondreams"
Gummo 1997 performer: "Everyday" / writer: "Everyday"
The Locusts 1997 performer: "Maybe Baby", "Everyday" / writer: "Everyday" / writer: "Maybe Baby" - as Charles Hardin
Das Leben ist eine Baustelle. 1997 performer: "That'll Be the Day" / writer: "That'll Be the Day"
Ballykissangel 1996 TV Series writer - 1 episode
As Time Goes By TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1993 - 1996 writer - 1 episode, 1996
Top of the Pops 1996 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge 1995 TV Movie documentary writer: "Not Fade Away" - as Charles Hardin
Boy Meets World 1995 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Beatles Anthology 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary performer: "Peggy Sue", "That'll Be the Day" / writer: "That'll Be the Day", "Think It Over", "Peggy Sue"
Heartbeat 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lipstick on Your Collar 1993 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Quantum Leap TV Series writer - 3 episodes, 1989 - 1990 performer - 1 episode, 1990
Champs-Elysées 1989 TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Boyfriends 1989 writer: "True Love Ways"
Steven Banks: Home Entertainment Center 1989 TV Movie writer: "Peggy Sue"
Boulevard of Broken Dreams 1988 performer: "True Love Ways" / writer: "True Love Ways"
Katsastus 1988 TV Movie writer: "Not Fade Away" - as Hardin
Salsa 1988 performer: "Maybe Baby" / writer: "Maybe Baby" - as Charles Hardin
Terror Squad 1988 lyrics: "Peggy Sue" / music: "Peggy Sue"
Action Jackson 1988 writer: "THAT'LL BE THE DAY"
Concrete Angels 1987 writer: "Not Fade Away"
Rags to Riches 1987 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Light of Day 1987 writer: "True Love Ways"
Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 performer: "Peggy Sue Got Married" / writer: "Peggy Sue Got Married"
Stand by Me 1986 as C. Hardin, "Everyday" / performer: "Everyday"
Car Trouble 1986 writer: "True Love Ways
Best of Bandstand 1986 Video documentary performer: "Peggy Sue" / writer: "Peggy Sue"
Sword of Honour 1986 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
EastEnders 1985 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sweet Dreams 1985 writer: "That'll Be the Day"
Arena TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 1985 writer - 1 episode, 1985
Desert Hearts 1985 performer: "RAVE ON" / writer: "I'M LOOKIN' FOR SOMEONE TO LOVE"
Mischief 1985 performer: "Maybe Baby", "Everyday", "Peggy Sue", "That'll Be the Day" / writer: "Maybe Baby", "Everyday" - as Charles Hardin / writer: "Peggy Sue", "That'll Be the Day"
Finders Keepers 1984 writer: "Peggy Sue" - uncredited
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style 1983 Video documentary performer: "That'll Be The Day" - uncredited / writer: "That'll Be The Day", "Not Fade Away" - uncredited
Gorky Park 1983 writer: "It's So Easy"
Christine 1983 performer: "Not Fade Away" / writer: "Not Fade Away"
Grateful Dead: Dead Ahead 1981 Video writer: "Not Fade Away"
B.J. and the Bear 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rock Concert 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Good Old Days Part II 1978 TV Special performer: "Peggy Sue" / writer: "That'll Be the Day", "Maybe Baby", "Peggy Sue"
The Buddy Holly Story 1978 writer: "Peggy Sue" uncredited, "That'll Be the Day", "Everyday", "It's So Easy", "Words of Love" uncredited, "Listen to Me" uncredited, "Well ... All Right" uncredited, "Maybe Baby" uncredited, "True Love Ways", "Not Fade Away" uncredited
American Hot Wax 1978 performer: "Oh Boy!", "Rave On"
The Sonny and Cher Show 1976 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dolly 1976 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl 1975 writer: "Not Fade Away" - uncredited
American Graffiti 1973 writer: "Maybe Baby", "That'll Be the Day"
That'll Be the Day 1973 writer: "That'll Be The Day"
Cucumber Castle 1970 TV Movie writer: "Well All Right"
Poor Cow 1967 writer: "Not Fade Away" - uncredited
Shindig! 1965 TV Series writer - 6 episodes
Anna, My Darling 1965 writer: "That'll Be the Day" - uncredited
The Dick Clark Show 1958 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ranch Party 1957 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Vinyl 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
True Love Ways 2015 performer: "True Love Ways"
Mad Men TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Play It Loud: The Story of Marshall 2014 TV Movie documentary performer: "Peggy Sue" - uncredited / writer: "Peggy Sue" - uncredited
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode



The Day the Music Died 2010 Short in memory of



Biography 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Best of Bandstand 1986 Video documentary Himself
All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1957-1958 TV Series Himself
The Dick Clark Show 1958 TV Series Himself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1958 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1957-1958 TV Series Himself
The Ted Steele Show 1957 TV Series Himself
Off the Record 1955 TV Series Themselves - Performers (as Buddy Holly & the Crickets)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

My Music: 50s & 60s Rock Rewind 2014 TV Movie Himself
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Roaring 20s: Mick Jagger's Glory Years 2011 Video documentary Himself
The Story of the Guitar 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
The Sweet Lady with the Nasty Voice 2008 Documentary Himself
Banda sonora 2008 TV Series Himself
Jukebox Rock 'n' Roll Vol. 1 2007 Video Himself
Lubbock Lights 2003 Documentary Himself
American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2002 TV Movie Himself
Classic Albums: Elvis Presley 2001 Video documentary Himself
The Final Day 2000 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Behind the Music 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Without Walls 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
Not Fade Away: Remembering Buddy Holly 1996 TV Special Himself
Top of the Pops 1996 TV Series Himself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
The Beatles Anthology 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Twist 1992 Documentary Himself
Golden Age of Rock'n'Roll 1991 TV Series documentary
Rock 'n' Roll History Video: Fabulous Fifties 1989 Video short documentary
Arena 1984-1985 TV Series documentary Himself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years 1985 TV Series Himself
Rock and Roll: The Early Days 1984 Video documentary Himself
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style 1983 Video documentary Himself
When the Music's Over 1982 TV Movie documentary
Good Old Days Part II 1978 TV Special Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording Awarded on September 7, 2011 at 1750 N. Vine Street

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1 He made his final television appearance on October 28, 1958 with The Crickets on New American Bandstand 1965 (1952), performing "It's So Easy".
2 "Peggy Sue Got Married/Crying, Waiting, Hoping" was a 2-sided single, released after his death, in the summer of 1959 on Coral. The songs were found on his tape recorder, performed by Buddy with an acoustic guitar. A weak background chorus was added to both songs, in the first release. The record didn't receive any degree of popularity at the time. "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" was later covered by The Beatles as well as other groups. "Peggy Sue Got Married" was later the title song of the 1986 film. There the original unedited version of the song was used and was well received.
3 On October 25, 1958, he appeared, for the only time, on The Dick Clark Show (1958). He performed "It's So Easy" with The Crickets. Later in the show, he performed "Heartbeat", solo, while standing on a makeshift bridge, with guitar in hand.
4 "Not Fade Away" a 1957 B-side to "Oh Boy" by Buddy Holly and The Crickets, written by Holly, is ranked #107 within "Rolling Stones' 500 Greatest Songs". Featuring a "Bo Diddley backbeat", it became The Rolling Stones' (group) first single in 1962. It was later reworked by The Who, in 1965, to form their signature standard "My Generation".
5 Before forming The Crickets, Buddy Holly performed country and western music with a singing partner, Bob Montgomery. The two of them recorded some songs together but never drew any attention until Buddy turned his attention to rock-n-roll.
6 The title of the song "Maybe, Baby" is derived from a saying of Buddy's mother.
7 The odd lyric "Drunk Man, Street Car, Foot Slipped, There You Are!" in the song "I'm Looking for Someone to Love" comes from an odd saying of Buddy's uncle. (According to family lore).
8 Buddy's band was not originally called "The Crickets". The name came about after a recording of the song "I'm Gonna Love You Too". At the end of the track is a real chirping cricket. The band took it's name from that point on. Every issue of that track on record, tape, and CD still includes the cricket at the end.
9 Buddy Holly had written a song for his niece called "Cindy Lou". It was a slow ballad. But then his bandmate, Jerry Allison, asked Buddy to change the title to "Peggy Sue" after his girlfriend. They had been fighting and he asked Holly to alter the song as a way of making up with her.
10 Buddy and his friends went to see The Searchers (1956) starring John Wayne. Several times throughout the film, Wayne says "That'll be the day". The repeated phrase stuck with Holly and he wrote the song that would become his first #1 hit.
11 He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California on what would have been his 75th birthday [September 7, 2011].
12 Holly's longtime manager was independent studio owner and producer Norman Petty; he eventually split with Petty because Petty insisted on a co-credit for the songs he recorded with Holly and the Crickets (entitling Petty to a share of the royalties). Petty withheld royalty money owed to Holly, after the split and Holly's move to New York. Financial reasons forced Holly to go on his final tour, the Winter Dance Party.
13 Buddy Holly and The Crickets' first million seller for Brunswick Records in 1957, "That'll Be the Day", was a reworking of an earlier solo version by Buddy for Decca Records, the parent company. In order not to confuse the record-buying public, "The Crickets" were printed on the Brunswick label as the groups's full name. On Coral Records they were only listed as Buddy Holly. Subsequently, the group would continue to issue two singles at a time, instead of the usual one, one on Coral ("Peggy Sue") and the other on Brunswick ("Oh Boy"). This arrangement remained in effect for the rest of Buddy's recording career. A net result of 11 singles from 1957-58.
14 In 1959, The Crickets' recorded a tribute to Buddy written by member Sonny Curtis, "(I Love You) More Than I Can Say". It was later a charted hit for Bobby Vee in 1961 (#61) and Leo Sayer in 1980 (#02).
15 The Beatles took their name in tribute to Buddy Holly and The Crickets. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were both inspired to write their own songs after learning that Holly wrote (or co-wrote) many of his own songs. In the period of 1958 to 1960, the band had been using many different names, most prominently "The Quarrymen" (after the school they attended) and "Johnny and the Moondogs". According to some stories, it was Stuart Sutcliffe (the famed "fifth Beatle") who suggested the name "The Beetles" and that John changed the spelling to give the name a double meaning.
16 In recognition for his achievements, the city of Lubbock erected a life-size statue of Holly next to the convention center. The statue shows Holly strumming his Fender Stratocaster guitar and tapping his heel (he tapped his heel instead of his toe) which also serves as a monument to the West Texas Hall of Fame. At the base of Holly's feet, there are plaques with the names of famous Texans.
17 Although he used the last name "Holly" as a professional recording artist (it was an uncorrected mistake on his first recording contract; he liked the spelling and kept it), his gravestone gives the correct spelling of his name which is Holley.
18 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (charter member) (1986), the American Songwriters Hall of Fame (1986), and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1994).
19 Actual Crickets (the ones that chirp) got into the recording studio and are heard in the fade out of the single "Listen to Me".
20 Holly was a member of an independent Baptist church in Lubbock called Tabernacle Baptist Church; his funeral was conducted there. His brother is still a member.
21 Following his untimely death, he was interred at City of Lubbock Cemetery in Lubbock, Texas.
22 His wife was pregnant at the time of his death, but later suffered a miscarriage.
23 He was voted the 13th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
24 Pictured on one of four 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps in the Legends of American Music series, issued in booklet form 16 June 1993. This Rock & Roll/Rhythm & Blues set of stamps also honored Otis Redding, Dinah Washington and Elvis Presley.
25 Had two brothers: Larry Holley (born 1925), Travis Holley (born 1927), and one sister: Patricia Lou Holley (1929-2008).
26 Attended and graduated from Lubbock High School in Lubbock, Texas (1955).
27 Had a cat named Booker T. and a dog named Alonzo.
28 Buddy's group was The Crickets and they stayed together after his death.
29 Waylon Jennings was part of Buddy's backup group and was supposed to be on the fateful flight but, instead, allowed The Big Bopper, who was sick, to take his place.
30 Many, including Holly's father and his manager, were against Buddy's marriage to Maria Elena Santiago, a young Puerto Rican girl he met in New York months before his death.
31 His date of death (February 3, 1959) was forever immortalized as "The Day the Music Died" in the song "American Pie" by Don McLean.
32 Died when his chartered plane (N 3794 N) crashed. Also on board and killed in the crash were Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson). An investigation determined the cause of the crash was "pilot error"; the pilot was not qualified to fly by instruments, and the plane took off in a snowstorm. Despite later urban legends, the plane was not named the "American Pie"; it had no name.

1 Lyrics: That'll be the day when you say goodbye / That'll be the day when you made me cry / You say you're gonna leave, you know it's a lie 'cause / That'll be the day when I die.
2 None of us could have made it without Elvis.

1 Fender Stratocaster
2 Wore horn rimmed black glasses
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