September 8, 2011 23:54

Buddy Holly awarded Hollywood Walk Of Fame star

Rock'n'roll icon honoured on what would've been his 75th birthday

Buddy Holly awarded Hollywood Walk Of Fame star

Photo: PA

Buddy Holly was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on Wednesday (September 7).

The star for the rock'n'roll pioneer, whose hits included 'Peggy Sue', 'Everyday' and 'That'll Be The Day', was unveiled at a ceremony on what would have been his 75th birthday.

Holly died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959 when he was just 22.

His widow Maria Elena Holly, who was married to the singer less than six months before his death, said:

One of his dreams was to write scores for movies and to come to Hollywood and make his mark. Half of that dream did not come true. But the other half did come true with this beautiful star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The site chosen is just north of stars for Beatles John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, who cited Holly and his band The Crickets as major influences.

Holly became the final member of the inaugural class of inductees in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, which includes Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, James Brown and the Everly Brothers, to receive a star on the Walk of Fame.

Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers and actor Gary Busey, who played Holly in 1978 film The Buddy Holly Story, both spoke at the ceremony.

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