Buddy Holly Net Worth

Buddy Holly Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Charles Hardin Holley net worth is
$1 Million

Charles Hardin Holley Wiki Biography

Charles Hardin Holley was born on 7 September 1936, in Lubbock, Texas USA, and was a musician, singer, and songwriter, best known for being part of the 1950s revolution of rock ‘n’ roll. He made many television appearances, and would be responsible for numerous hit songs. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.

How rich was Buddy Holly? As of mid-2016, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $1 million, mostly earned through a successful career in music. He had numerous chart topping hits, and would tour around the country, sometimes as a front act for Elvis Presley, and all of these ensured the position of his wealth.

Buddy Holly Net Worth $1 million

Holly was born into a family very interested in music, and every one of them had musical hobbies. As a child, he would perform at local competitions, and at the age of 11 started taking piano lessons. He then decided to switch to the guitar, and his brother Travis taught him how to play it, and growing up, he was influenced by the music of Hank Williams, Bob Wills, and Hank Snow. He became friends with Bob Montgomery, and the two would start playing music together. While in high school, he also met other musicians such as Sonny Curtis and Jerry Allison. Soon Buddy and Montgomery would play together as “Buddy and Bob”, performing on various radio stations, and after matriculating from high school in 1955, Buddy decided to fully pursue a career in music.

He incorporated Larry Welborne and Allison into his band and then switched to rock ‘n’ roll. Eventually, after sending a demo to Paul Cohen, the band was signed to Decca Records. 1956 was the year they had their first recording session, and it would produce the album “Blue Days, Black nights”. They would tour to promote the album, and were eventually named “Buddy Holly and the Three Tunes”. In 1957, Holly’s contract would not be renewed, but inspired by other artists who made their own records, he would go with Allison, Joe B. Mauldin, and Niki Sullivan to record in New Mexico. They recorded the demo “That’ll Be the Day” and since they could not use their name, they called the band The Crickets. With the recording company impressed, they released the song without making a newer recording.

The Crickets started touring, and were booked to play in various locations around the US. Holly would appear in “American Bandstand”, and soon the song “That’ll Be the Day” would become a US best seller. Later on, they would release more songs including “Peggy Sue” and “Everyday”. The band was now called “Buddy Holly and the Crickets” and they would record the album “The “Chirping” Crickets” in 1957. It would chart highly once again with songs such as “Oh, Boy!” and “Not Fade Away”. In 1958, their popularity would lead them to perform internationally including in the UK, and they would create more songs including “Reminiscing” and “Come Back Baby”. Eventually, due to disagreements with their manager, Holly left the Crickets.

He assembled a new band consisting of Carl Bunch, Tommy Allsup and Waylon Jennings. They then went on The Winter Dance Party Tour in 1959, however, travelling in the winter proved to be problematic for all of them. Due to difficulties travelling by bus, they decided to take an airplane to their next venue in Moorhead, Minnesota. The plane took off in inclement weather despite not being cleared to fly. They crashed in a corn field outside Mason City, Iowa killing all of the passengers.

For his personal life, it is known that Holly married Maria Elena Santiago, actually proposing to her on their first date. Their manager disapproved of the marriage, and Santiago had to pretend to be his secretary to avoid disappointing female fans. Santiago would later blame herself for not convincing Holly to stay, after she discovered he died in the ‘plane crash.

Full NameBuddy Holly
Net Worth$1 Million
Date Of BirthSeptember 7, 1936
DiedFebruary 3, 1959, Clear Lake, Iowa, United States
Place Of BirthLubbock, Texas, U.S.
Height5' 11½" (1.82 m)
EducationHutchinson Junior High School, Lubbock High School
SpouseMaría Elena Holly
ParentsLawrence Odell, Ella Pauline Drake Holley
SiblingsTravis Holley, Patricia Lou Holley-Kaiter, Larry Holley
AwardsGrammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Peggy Sue, That'll Be the Day, Everyday
Music GroupsThe Crickets
NominationsNME Award for World Male Singer, NME Award for World Musical Personality, Peggy Sue, That'll Be the Day, Everyday, Rave On, It's So Easy, True Love Ways
1Fender Stratocaster
2Wore horn rimmed black glasses
1Lyrics: That'll be the day when you say goodbye / That'll be the day when you made me cry / You say you're gonna leave, you know it's a lie 'cause / That'll be the day when I die.
2None of us could have made it without Elvis.
1He made his final television appearance on October 28, 1958 with The Crickets on New American Bandstand 1965 (1952), performing "It's So Easy".
2"Peggy Sue Got Married/Crying, Waiting, Hoping" was a 2-sided single, released after his death, in the summer of 1959 on Coral. The songs were found on his tape recorder, performed by Buddy with an acoustic guitar. A weak background chorus was added to both songs, in the first release. The record didn't receive any degree of popularity at the time. "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" was later covered by The Beatles as well as other groups. "Peggy Sue Got Married" was later the title song of the 1986 film. There the original unedited version of the song was used and was well received.
3On October 25, 1958, he appeared, for the only time, on The Dick Clark Show (1958). He performed "It's So Easy" with The Crickets. Later in the show, he performed "Heartbeat", solo, while standing on a makeshift bridge, with guitar in hand.
4"Not Fade Away" a 1957 B-side to "Oh Boy" by Buddy Holly and The Crickets, written by Holly, is ranked #107 within "Rolling Stones' 500 Greatest Songs". Featuring a "Bo Diddley backbeat", it became The Rolling Stones' (group) first single in 1962. It was later reworked by The Who, in 1965, to form their signature standard "My Generation".
5Before forming The Crickets, Buddy Holly performed country and western music with a singing partner, Bob Montgomery. The two of them recorded some songs together but never drew any attention until Buddy turned his attention to rock-n-roll.
6The title of the song "Maybe, Baby" is derived from a saying of Buddy's mother.
7The odd lyric "Drunk Man, Street Car, Foot Slipped, There You Are!" in the song "I'm Looking for Someone to Love" comes from an odd saying of Buddy's uncle. (According to family lore).
8Buddy's band was not originally called "The Crickets". The name came about after a recording of the song "I'm Gonna Love You Too". At the end of the track is a real chirping cricket. The band took it's name from that point on. Every issue of that track on record, tape, and CD still includes the cricket at the end.
9Buddy Holly had written a song for his niece called "Cindy Lou". It was a slow ballad. But then his bandmate, Jerry Allison, asked Buddy to change the title to "Peggy Sue" after his girlfriend. They had been fighting and he asked Holly to alter the song as a way of making up with her.
10Buddy and his friends went to see The Searchers (1956) starring John Wayne. Several times throughout the film, Wayne says "That'll be the day". The repeated phrase stuck with Holly and he wrote the song that would become his first #1 hit.
11He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California on what would have been his 75th birthday [September 7, 2011].
12Holly's longtime manager was independent studio owner and producer Norman Petty; he eventually split with Petty because Petty insisted on a co-credit for the songs he recorded with Holly and the Crickets (entitling Petty to a share of the royalties). Petty withheld royalty money owed to Holly, after the split and Holly's move to New York. Financial reasons forced Holly to go on his final tour, the Winter Dance Party.
13Buddy Holly and The Crickets' first million seller for Brunswick Records in 1957, "That'll Be the Day", was a reworking of an earlier solo version by Buddy for Decca Records, the parent company. In order not to confuse the record-buying public, "The Crickets" were printed on the Brunswick label as the groups's full name. On Coral Records they were only listed as Buddy Holly. Subsequently, the group would continue to issue two singles at a time, instead of the usual one, one on Coral ("Peggy Sue") and the other on Brunswick ("Oh Boy"). This arrangement remained in effect for the rest of Buddy's recording career. A net result of 11 singles from 1957-58.
14In 1959, The Crickets' recorded a tribute to Buddy written by member Sonny Curtis, "(I Love You) More Than I Can Say". It was later a charted hit for Bobby Vee in 1961 (#61) and Leo Sayer in 1980 (#02).
15The Beatles took their name in tribute to Buddy Holly and The Crickets. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were both inspired to write their own songs after learning that Holly wrote (or co-wrote) many of his own songs. In the period of 1958 to 1960, the band had been using many different names, most prominently "The Quarrymen" (after the school they attended) and "Johnny and the Moondogs". According to some stories, it was Stuart Sutcliffe (the famed "fifth Beatle") who suggested the name "The Beetles" and that John changed the spelling to give the name a double meaning.
16In recognition for his achievements, the city of Lubbock erected a life-size statue of Holly next to the convention center. The statue shows Holly strumming his Fender Stratocaster guitar and tapping his heel (he tapped his heel instead of his toe) which also serves as a monument to the West Texas Hall of Fame. At the base of Holly's feet, there are plaques with the names of famous Texans.
17Although he used the last name "Holly" as a professional recording artist (it was an uncorrected mistake on his first recording contract; he liked the spelling and kept it), his gravestone gives the correct spelling of his name which is Holley.
18Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (charter member) (1986), the American Songwriters Hall of Fame (1986), and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1994).
19Actual Crickets (the ones that chirp) got into the recording studio and are heard in the fade out of the single "Listen to Me".
20Holly was a member of an independent Baptist church in Lubbock called Tabernacle Baptist Church; his funeral was conducted there. His brother is still a member.
21Following his untimely death, he was interred at City of Lubbock Cemetery in Lubbock, Texas.
22His wife was pregnant at the time of his death, but later suffered a miscarriage.
23He was voted the 13th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
24Pictured on one of four 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps in the Legends of American Music series, issued in booklet form 16 June 1993. This Rock & Roll/Rhythm & Blues set of stamps also honored Otis Redding, Dinah Washington and Elvis Presley.
25Had two brothers: Larry Holley (born 1925), Travis Holley (born 1927), and one sister: Patricia Lou Holley (1929-2008).
26Attended and graduated from Lubbock High School in Lubbock, Texas (1955).
27Had a cat named Booker T. and a dog named Alonzo.
28Buddy's group was The Crickets and they stayed together after his death.
29Waylon Jennings was part of Buddy's backup group and was supposed to be on the fateful flight but, instead, allowed The Big Bopper, who was sick, to take his place.
30Many, including Holly's father and his manager, were against Buddy's marriage to Maria Elena Santiago, a young Puerto Rican girl he met in New York months before his death.
31His date of death (February 3, 1959) was forever immortalized as "The Day the Music Died" in the song "American Pie" by Don McLean.
32Died when his chartered plane (N 3794 N) crashed. Also on board and killed in the crash were Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson). An investigation determined the cause of the crash was "pilot error"; the pilot was not qualified to fly by instruments, and the plane took off in a snowstorm. Despite later urban legends, the plane was not named the "American Pie"; it had no name.


Earth to Echo2014performer: "Everyday" / writer: "Everyday"
The 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2014TV Movie "It's So Easy"
Helix2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Apprentice2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Marty Stuart Show2011-2013TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Big Bad Wolves2013performer: "Everyday" / writer: "Everyday"
Good Ol' Freda2013Documentary performer: "Words of Love" / writer: "Words of Love"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011-2012TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Van Sessions2011TV Series short writer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance Canada2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Roaring 20s: Mick Jagger's Glory Years2011Video documentary performer: "That'll Be the Day", "Bo Diddley" / writer: "That'll Be the Day", "Not Fade Away"
We Need to Talk About Kevin2011performer: "Everyday" / writer: "Everyday"
Rock & ChipsTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Les toquésTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2011 music - 1 episode, 2011
The Music Never Stopped2011writer: "Not Fade Away/Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad" Traditional
Mafia II2010Video Game performer: "NOT FADE AWAY", "RAVE ON", "THAT'LL BE THE DAY" / writer: "NOT FADE AWAY" - as Charles Hardin / writer: "THAT'LL BE THE DAY"
Valentine's Day2010/Iwriter: "Everyday"
The Vampire Diaries2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Did You Hear About the Morgans?2009performer: "True Love Ways" / writer: "True Love Ways"
Nowhere Boy2009writer: "That'll Be the Day"
Love Happens2009writer: "Everyday"
Mr. Nobody2009performer: "Everyday" / writer: "Everyday"
Dancing with the Stars2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
Wildwood Days2008Documentary performer: "THAT'LL BE THE DAY' / writer: "THAT'LL BE THE DAY'
QwertyTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
LostTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Banda sonoraTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Fields of Fuel2008Documentary writer: "Not Fade Away" 1957 - as Charles Hardin
Juno2007performer: "Dearest"
American Masters2007TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
It Takes Two2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
SkinsTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007
Jukebox Rock 'n' Roll Vol. 12007Video performer: "Peggy Sue" / writer: "Peggy Sue"
The Inspector Lynley MysteriesTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Glory Road2006performer: "Rave On"
Idols!2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Stoned2005lyrics: "Not Fade Away" - as Hardin / music: "Not Fade Away" - as Hardin
Brokeback Mountain2005writer: "It's So Easy"
SkeppsholmenTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2003 music - 1 episode, 2003 performer - 1 episode, 2003
Big Fish2003performer: "Everyday" / writer: "Everyday"
Evil2003performer: "Peggy Sue"Written by nm0391398 as Holly, nm0021448 as Allison and nm0678806 as Petty
Almost Famous2000lyrics: "Peggy Sue" / music: "Peggy Sue"
Walking the Tracks: The Summer of Stand by Me2000Video documentary short performer: "Everyday" - uncredited / writer: "Everyday" - uncredited
Maybe Baby2000writer: "Maybe Baby" - as Charles Hardin
The Sopranos2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Walking Across Egypt1999writer: "Not Fade Away" - as Charles Hardin
Stars in Their Eyes1999TV Series writer - 1 episode
October Sky1999performer: "That'll Be the Day" / writer: "That'll Be the Day"
Pleasantville1998performer: "Rave On"
Space Bunnies Must Die!1998Video Game performer: "Rave On"
Tohuwabohu1998TV Series writer - 1 episode
Deceiver1997performer: "Moondreams"
Gummo1997performer: "Everyday" / writer: "Everyday"
The Locusts1997performer: "Maybe Baby", "Everyday" / writer: "Everyday" / writer: "Maybe Baby" - as Charles Hardin
Das Leben ist eine Baustelle.1997performer: "That'll Be the Day" / writer: "That'll Be the Day"
Ballykissangel1996TV Series writer - 1 episode
As Time Goes ByTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1993 - 1996 writer - 1 episode, 1996
Top of the Pops1996TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge1995TV Movie documentary writer: "Not Fade Away" - as Charles Hardin
Boy Meets World1995TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Beatles Anthology1995TV Mini-Series documentary performer: "Peggy Sue", "That'll Be the Day" / writer: "That'll Be the Day", "Think It Over", "Peggy Sue"
Heartbeat1994TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lipstick on Your Collar1993TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Quantum LeapTV Series writer - 3 episodes, 1989 - 1990 performer - 1 episode, 1990
Champs-Elysées1989TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Boyfriends1989writer: "True Love Ways"
Steven Banks: Home Entertainment Center1989TV Movie writer: "Peggy Sue"
Boulevard of Broken Dreams1988performer: "True Love Ways" / writer: "True Love Ways"
Katsastus1988TV Movie writer: "Not Fade Away" - as Hardin
Salsa1988performer: "Maybe Baby" / writer: "Maybe Baby" - as Charles Hardin
Terror Squad1988lyrics: "Peggy Sue" / music: "Peggy Sue"
Action Jackson1988writer: "THAT'LL BE THE DAY"
Concrete Angels1987writer: "Not Fade Away"
Rags to Riches1987TV Series writer - 1 episode
Light of Day1987writer: "True Love Ways"
Peggy Sue Got Married1986performer: "Peggy Sue Got Married" / writer: "Peggy Sue Got Married"
Stand by Me1986as C. Hardin, "Everyday" / performer: "Everyday"
Car Trouble1986writer: "True Love Ways
Best of Bandstand1986Video documentary performer: "Peggy Sue" / writer: "Peggy Sue"
Sword of Honour1986TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
EastEnders1985TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sweet Dreams1985writer: "That'll Be the Day"
ArenaTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 1985 writer - 1 episode, 1985
Desert Hearts1985performer: "RAVE ON" / writer: "I'M LOOKIN' FOR SOMEONE TO LOVE"
Mischief1985performer: "Maybe Baby", "Everyday", "Peggy Sue", "That'll Be the Day" / writer: "Maybe Baby", "Everyday" - as Charles Hardin / writer: "Peggy Sue", "That'll Be the Day"
Finders Keepers1984writer: "Peggy Sue" - uncredited
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style1983Video documentary performer: "That'll Be The Day" - uncredited / writer: "That'll Be The Day", "Not Fade Away" - uncredited
Gorky Park1983writer: "It's So Easy"
Christine1983performer: "Not Fade Away" / writer: "Not Fade Away"
Grateful Dead: Dead Ahead1981Video writer: "Not Fade Away"
B.J. and the Bear1979TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rock Concert1979TV Series writer - 1 episode
Good Old Days Part II1978TV Special performer: "Peggy Sue" / writer: "That'll Be the Day", "Maybe Baby", "Peggy Sue"
The Buddy Holly Story1978writer: "Peggy Sue" uncredited, "That'll Be the Day", "Everyday", "It's So Easy", "Words of Love" uncredited, "Listen to Me" uncredited, "Well ... All Right" uncredited, "Maybe Baby" uncredited, "True Love Ways", "Not Fade Away" uncredited
American Hot Wax1978performer: "Oh Boy!", "Rave On"
The Sonny and Cher Show1976TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dolly1976TV Series writer - 1 episode
Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl1975writer: "Not Fade Away" - uncredited
American Graffiti1973writer: "Maybe Baby", "That'll Be the Day"
That'll Be the Day1973writer: "That'll Be The Day"
Cucumber Castle1970TV Movie writer: "Well All Right"
Poor Cow1967writer: "Not Fade Away" - uncredited
Shindig!1965TV Series writer - 6 episodes
Anna, My Darling1965writer: "That'll Be the Day" - uncredited
The Dick Clark Show1958TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ranch Party1957TV Series writer - 1 episode
Vinyl2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
True Love Ways2015performer: "True Love Ways"
Mad MenTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Play It Loud: The Story of Marshall2014TV Movie documentary performer: "Peggy Sue" - uncredited / writer: "Peggy Sue" - uncredited
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode


The Day the Music Died2010Short in memory of


Biography2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Best of Bandstand1986Video documentaryHimself
All You Need Is Love1977TV Series documentaryHimself
New American Bandstand 19651957-1958TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Clark Show1958TV SeriesHimself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1958TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1957-1958TV SeriesHimself
The Ted Steele Show1957TV SeriesHimself
Off the Record1955TV SeriesThemselves - Performers (as Buddy Holly & the Crickets)

Archive Footage

My Music: 50s & 60s Rock Rewind2014TV MovieHimself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Roaring 20s: Mick Jagger's Glory Years2011Video documentaryHimself
The Story of the Guitar2008TV Series documentaryHimself
The Sweet Lady with the Nasty Voice2008DocumentaryHimself
Banda sonora2008TV SeriesHimself
Jukebox Rock 'n' Roll Vol. 12007VideoHimself
Lubbock Lights2003DocumentaryHimself
American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Celebration2002TV MovieHimself
Classic Albums: Elvis Presley2001Video documentaryHimself
The Final Day2000TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Behind the Music1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Without Walls1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Not Fade Away: Remembering Buddy Holly1996TV SpecialHimself
Top of the Pops1996TV SeriesHimself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHimself
The Beatles Anthology1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Golden Age of Rock'n'Roll1991TV Series documentary
Rock 'n' Roll History Video: Fabulous Fifties1989Video short documentary
Arena1984-1985TV Series documentaryHimself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years1985TV SeriesHimself
Rock and Roll: The Early Days1984Video documentaryHimself
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style1983Video documentaryHimself
When the Music's Over1982TV Movie documentary
Good Old Days Part II1978TV SpecialHimself

Won Awards

2011Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingAwarded on September 7, 2011 at 1750 N. Vine Street

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