Buddy Holly is still relevant more than 50 years after his tragic death.
There are current Macy's commericials on television using Holly's "Everyday" as a musical backdrop.
Holly is the only person on our Most Influential list who has a special section devoted to their life the same Sunday they've appeared on this list.
Charles Hardin Holley was born and raised in Lubbock and to this day remains one of the most influential artists in the history of rock 'n' roll.
Don't just take our word for it. Consider these quotes compiled from Internet sites:
"The singers and musicians I grew up with transcend nostalgia. Buddy Holly and Johnny Ace are just as valid to me today as then," said Bob Dylan.
"And I just want to say that when I was 16 or 17 years old, I went to see Buddy Holly play at Duluth National Guard Armory and I was three feet away from him ... and he LOOKED at me. And I just have some sort of feeling that he was - I don't know how or why - but I know he was with us all the time we were making this record in some kind of way," said Dylan in his 1998 Grammy acceptance speech for "Time Out of Mind" being named Album of the Year.
"Holly passed it on via the Beatles and via us. He's in everybody ... this is not bad for a guy from Lubbock, right?" said Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.
"Buddy Holly gave you confidence. He was like the boy next door," said Paul McCartney of the Beatles.
"I play Buddy Holly every night before I go on; that keeps me honest," Bruce Springsteen said in a 1978 Rolling Stone interview.
In 1986, Holly was in the first group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 2004, Rolling Stone named Holly No. 13 on its list of the "Fifty Greatest Artists of All Time."
Not bad for a guy from Lubbock.
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