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Drummer Played With Buddy Holly and Married Peggy Sue

Jerry Allison, the last original member of the Cricketts, co-wrote series of hits

(Newser) - Jerry Allison, an architect of rock drumming who played and co-wrote songs with childhood friend Buddy Holly and whose future wife inspired the classic "Peggy Sue," has died. He was 82 and was the last surviving original member of the Crickets, the band that backed Holly, the AP...

Goodbye to the Name We Knew From a Buddy Holly Song

Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham has died at age 78

(Newser) - The Texas woman who inspired the 1958 Buddy Holly song "Peggy Sue" has died at a Lubbock hospital. Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham died Monday at University Medical Center, per a UMC spokesman. She was 78, the AP reports. The family gave the hospital permission to confirm the death but...

Guitarist Who Won Music's Most Famous Coin Flip Is Dead

It kept Tommy Allsup off Buddy Holly's plane

(Newser) - Tommy Allsup, a guitarist best known for losing a coin toss that kept him off a plane that crashed and killed rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and JP "Big Bopper" Richardson, has died at age 85, reports AP . Allsup died Wednesday at a hospital in Springfield, Missouri, after...

Feds Won't Re-Open Inquiry in Buddy Holly Crash

Says man who made request didn't present new evidence

(Newser) - The National Transportation Safety Board has declined a request to reopen the investigation of the Iowa plane crash that killed musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and JP "The Big Bopper" Richardson. The Civil Aeronautics Board ruled in 1959 that the most likely cause of the crash was pilot error....

NTSB Could Revisit 'Day the Music Died'

Officials intrigued by man's findings in crash that killed Buddy Holly

(Newser) - Fifty-six years ago, three of early rock's brightest stars died in a plane crash that was blamed on pilot error and a bad weather report; there's also been a rumor that a gun was found among the wreckage near Iowa's Clear Lake. Now, thanks to a New...

Rolling Stones' Sax Player Dead at 70

Bobby Keys played with John Lennon, Buddy Holly

(Newser) - Bobby Keys, who played saxophone for the Rolling Stones—as well as the likes of John Lennon and Buddy Holly—has died at 70, the Telegraph reports. The Texan may be best known for his solo on the Stones' hit "Brown Sugar." He began playing with the band...

'American Pie' Singer Recalls His Hero: Buddy Holly

No rock act can top Buddy Holly: Don McLean

(Newser) - Don McLean is forever linked to Buddy Holly because of his "American Pie" tribute, and he wouldn't have it any other way. Fifty years after Holly's untimely death, McLean calls his song about the "day the music died" the proudest accomplishment of his career. "Long before I...

Angry Holly Family OKs CD Set, 50 Years Later

Holly's family puts aside feud with record label to release CD

(Newser) - A new CD set of Buddy Holly songs, including ones he recorded at 14, was released last week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the singer's death, Reuters reports. Holly's family put decades of legal wrangling with Universal Music on hold to approve the collection. "They've cheated us,"...

Mrs. Holly Blue About Peggy Sue
Mrs. Holly Blue About Peggy Sue

Mrs. Holly Blue About Peggy Sue

Rocker's wife wants to block real Peggy Sue's memoirs

(Newser) - The widow of rock legend Buddy Holly is prepared to sue the author of a new memoir to stop "tarnishment of Buddy Holly's name," the Independent reports. The target of the suit by Maria Elena Holly is pretty, pretty Peggy Sue herself—Peggy Sue Gerron, now 67,...

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