The Texas Historian, Volume 49, Number 1, September 1988 Page: 6
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A ROCK AND ROLL LEGEND
by STEPHANIE PASCHALL
Frenship Junior High, Wolfforth
THE WEST TEXAS frontier had a great influence
on Buddy Holly and his music and he, in turn,
profoundly influenced rock and roll music.
Charles Hardin Holley was born in Lubbock on
September 7, 1936. His parents, Lawrence Odell
Holley and Ella Pauline Drake Holley, had three
sons: Larry, Travis, and Charles, and one
daughter: Patricia. The Hollys, who were devout
Baptists, were all musically oriented. His mother
wrote music, his brother Larry played a fiddle,
and his other brother Travis played a guitar. His
family also had regular "sing-a-longs."
At the age of five, Holly entered his first talent
contest and, at eight, he was studying the piano
and violin. Later, he started studying the acoustic
guitar as well. By the time he was thirteen, he was
singing in a popular local duo with his friend Bob
Montgomery. When the popularity of their music,
which they called "Western Bop," increased, they
were given a show called "The Sunday Party," on
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