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During his short career, Holly wrote, recorded, and produced his own material. He is often regarded as the artist who defined the traditional rock-and-roll lineup of two guitars, bass, and drums. He was a major influence on later popular music artists, including Bob Dylan , The Beatles , The Rolling Stones , Eric Clapton , and Elton John. He was among the first artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame , in 1986. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 13 in its list of "100 Greatest Artists".
Buddy Holly was born Charles Hardin Holley on September 7, 1936, in Lubbock, Texas ; he was the fourth child of Lawrence Odell "L.O." Holley (1901–1985) and Ella Pauline Drake (1902–1990). His elder siblings were Larry (born in 1925), Travis (1927–2016),  and Patricia Lou (1929–2008). From early childhood, he was nicknamed "Buddy".  During the Great Depression, the Holleys frequently moved residence within Lubbock; L.O. changed jobs several times. Buddy Holly was baptized a Baptist , and the family were members of the Tabernacle Baptist Church. 
"That'll Be the Day" topped the US "Best Sellers in Stores" chart on September 23 and was number one on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in November.  On September 20, Coral released " Peggy Sue ", backed with " Everyday ", with Holly credited as the performer. By October, "Peggy Sue" had reached number three on Billboard' s pop chart and number two on the R&B chart; it peaked at number six on the UK Singles chart. As the success of the song grew, it brought more attention to Holly, with the band at the time being billed as "Buddy Holly and the Crickets".