Today in Music History: Buddy Holly's first recording session

Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly onstage in 1958. (V&A Images/Getty Images, via NPR)

History Highlight:

Today in 1956, Buddy Holly's first recording session for Decca Records took place in Nashville. Holly began his career as an opening act for Elvis Presley, performing with him three times in 1955. Formerly focused on country western music, Holly shifted entirely to rock and roll. He tragically lost his life while en route to a show in Moorhead when his plane crashed, killing Holly, Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper and the pilot in a tragedy later referred to as "The Day the Music Died". During his short career, Holly wrote, recorded, and produced his own material and is often regarded as the act that defined the traditional rock-and-roll lineup of two guitars, bass, and drums.

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