The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

2003: Buddy Holly

Rave On: The Life and Music of Buddy Holly


Rock and roll icon Buddy Holly was the honoree for the 8th annual American Music Masters series.  Buddy Holly [inducted 1988] was in the spotlight of American popular music for only two short years, but the wealth of material he recorded in that time had a major and lasting impact on popular music. Holly was an innovator who wrote his own material and was among the first to exploit such advanced studio techniques as double-tracking. He pioneered and popularized the now-standard rock-band lineup of two guitars, bass and drums. In his final months, he even began experimenting with orchestration. Holly's catalog of songs includes such standards of the rock and roll canon as “Rave On,” “Peggy Sue,” “That'll Be the Day,” “Oh Boy!” and “Maybe Baby.”


Tribute Concert at the State Theatre

Saturday, December 6 at 8:00pm


Conference at Case Western Reserve University

On Saturday, December 6 in the Ford Auditorium, CWRU and the Rock Hall hosted a conference celebrating the life and legacy of Buddy Holly.  The conference featured a keynote by acclaimed author Greil Marcus, a lecture by Bill Malone, performance by John Mueller and his band, and panels featuring Buddy Holly's widow, Maria Elena Holly; rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson; Drifters' lead singer Bill Pinkney; musicians Nanci Griffith, Lenny Kaye, Marshall Crenshaw, Bill Griggs, Joe Ely, and Kevin Montgomery and Holly's rhythm guitarist Tommy Allsup.

Selected Song List

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Who among us has not played or sung along with his hymnal, in the strummed church that is the Hall of Fame, of which he is a charter member?
- Lenny Kaye