New games! PlayTrivia andBirthle.


Buddy Holly

1936 - 1959

Photo of Buddy Holly

Icon of person Buddy Holly

Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), known as Buddy Holly, was an American singer and songwriter who was a central and pioneering figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. He was born to a musical family in Lubbock, Texas during the Great Depression, and learned to play guitar and sing alongside his siblings. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Buddy Holly has received more than 12,583,868 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 66 in 2019). Buddy Holly is the 105th most popular musician (down from 101st in 2019), the 615th most popular biography from United States (up from 637th in 2019) and the 30th most popular American Musician.

Buddy Holly is most famous for being the first rock and roll artist to have a number one hit with "That'll Be The Day."

Memorability Metrics

  • 13M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 65.19

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 68

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.88

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.73

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Buddy Hollies by language


Among musicians, Buddy Holly ranks 105 out of 2,662Before him are Glenn Miller, Bill Evans, Paul Mauriat, Nat King Cole, Mike Oldfield, and Henryk Wieniawski. After him are Fernando Sor, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Nadia Boulanger, Lady Gaga, Don Shirley, and Ravi Shankar.

Most Popular Musicians in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1936, Buddy Holly ranks 33Before him are Jim Clark, Ismail Kadare, Aga Khan IV, Virna Lisi, Michael Landon, and Burt Reynolds. After him are Tariq Aziz, Albert Finney, Roy Orbison, Margaret Hamilton, Bill Wyman, and Georges Perec. Among people deceased in 1959, Buddy Holly ranks 15Before him are Gérard Philipe, Boris Vian, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Camilo Cienfuegos, Adolf Windaus, and Shirō Ishii. After him are Errol Flynn, George Grosz, Mike Hawthorn, Bohuslav Martinů, Alfred Schütz, and Ritchie Valens.

Others Born in 1936

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1959

Go to all Rankings

In United States

Among people born in United States, Buddy Holly ranks 615 out of 18,182Before him are Burt Reynolds (1936), Theodore Dreiser (1871), William T. G. Morton (1819), Philip Zimbardo (1933), Jack Kilby (1923), and Harold Lasswell (1902). After him are Priscilla Presley (1945), Rod Steiger (1925), Ron Perlman (1950), Francis Gary Powers (1929), Gloria Gaynor (1947), and Donald Rumsfeld (1932).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Buddy Holly ranks 30Before him are Paul Simon (1941), Duke Ellington (1899), Dean Martin (1917), Glenn Miller (1904), Bill Evans (1929), and Nat King Cole (1919). After him are Lady Gaga (1986), Don Shirley (1927), Benny Goodman (1909), Chick Corea (1941), Alice Cooper (1948), and Quincy Jones (1933).