Buddy Holly gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Buddy Holly received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, September 7, which would have been the legendary rock n' roll singer's 75th birthday.
Holly, known for his thick, horn-rimmed glasses, died at age 22 in a plane crash along with fellow rock n' roll singers Ritchie Valens and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson on Feb. 3, 1959. The date was dubbed "the day the music died" by Don McLean, who used the reference in his 1971 song "American Pie" as a tribute to them.
Holly's star was placed in front of the Capitol Records Building at 1750 N. Vine Street and scores of fans participated in a flash mob as a tribute to the singer during a Wednesday ceremony.
Holly's widow, Maria Elena, Holly's friend Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, Peter Asher of Peter and Gordon, who covered the singer's 1965 song "True Love Ways," and Gary Busey also attended. Busey received an Oscar nod for his title role in the 1978 film "The Buddy Holly Story." The movie won the Academy Award for Best Adaptation Score.
Busey donned a replica of Holly's famous glasses and performed at the ceremony, as seen in a photo of the actor playing a guitar, which was posted on Twitter by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce spokesperson Ana Martinez.
Holly was also honored with a birthday cake, which depicts the singer holding an electric guitar alongside his Hollywood star.
Holly was born Charles Hardin Holley in Texas. He began his music career in the 1950s and was known for songs such as "Everyday," "That'll Be the Day" and "Peggy Sue." He inspired the musical "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story," which ran on Broadway and in London's West End on and off from 1989 to 2007. Holly also inspired the 1994 song "Buddy Holly" by the alternative rock group Weezer.
Holly was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
On August 30, "Modern Family" and "Married With Children" star Ed O'Neill received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was joined by his family and on-screen wives, Sofia Vergara and Katey Sagal.
Check out a recording of Buddy Holly's song "Everyday" as well as the music video for the Weezer song "Buddy Holly" below.