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In pictures: Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly performing in the 1950s

Charles Hardin Holley, known professionally as Buddy Holly, was an American singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll.

Buddy Holly and The Crickets in Off The Record from 1958

The sound of Buddy Holly And The Crickets prefigured the coming wave of rock 'n' rollers in the 1960s, influencing musicians like The Hollies and The Beatles.

A poster showing Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J P Richardson in the Surf Ballrom in Clear Lake, Iowa

In 1959 Holly began a tour of the Midwest with other musicians, including Ritchie Valens, and JP 'The Big Bopper' Richardson.

Flowers at a memorial where the plane carrying Buddy Holly crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa

After a performance in Iowa, Holly chartered a single-engine plane to North Dakota. It took off in light snow and gusty winds but crashed a few minutes later - killing Holly, Valens, Richardson and the pilot.

A Don McLean autographed copy of the lyrics for the song "American Pie" are seen on a wall in the green room at the Surf Ballrom

The event was immortalised in the song American Pie by Don Maclean, as "the day the music died".

Jeff Nicholas looks at a monument he set up near the spot where the plane carrying Buddy Holly crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa

Holly was so prolific that his record label was able to release brand-new albums and singles for 10 years after his death. His story has inspired books, films and musicals.

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