Rock and roll icon Buddy Holly is the honoree for the eighth annual American Music Masters series.
Buddy Holly 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.”
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