First Release in the American Music Icons Series! This coin features the iconic Buddy Holly. Holly was known for his unique style in clothing, his horn rimmed glasses and his original songs such as "Peggy Sue" that helped shape American rock and roll.
- Contains 2 oz of .999 fine Silver.
- Individual rounds ship in plastic bags. Quantities of 10 or more ship in plastic tubes.
- Obverse: Buddy Holly signing into a microphone and playing an electric guitar. Buddy Holly is wearing his iconic glasses and suit. Musical notes appear in the proof-like field with the inscriptions “BUDDY HOLLY”, “1936-1959”, and “NOT FADE AWAY”.
- Reverse: Features his signature superimposed over his horn rimmed glasses, and a stream of musical notes. The inscriptions “AMERICAN MUSIC ICONS”, “2 TROY OUNCES”, “999 FINE SILVER”,
- Weight and purity guaranteed by APMEX.
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Buddy Holly will always be known for his influence on the American rock and roll culture. Collect this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee by adding this 2 oz Silver Buddy Holly high relief round to your cart today!
Holly's recording sessions at Decca were produced by Owen Bradley. Unhappy with Bradley's control in the studio and with the sound he achieved there, Holly went to producer Norman Petty in Clovis, New Mexico, and recorded a demo of "That'll Be the Day", among other songs. Petty became the band's manager and sent the demo to Brunswick Records, which released it as a single credited to "The Crickets", which became the name of Holly's band. In September 1957, as the band toured, "That'll Be the Day" topped the U.S. "Best Sellers in Stores" chart and the UK Singles Chart. Its success was followed in October by another major hit, "Peggy Sue".
The album Chirping Crickets, released in November 1957, reached number five on the UK Albums Chart. Holly made his second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in January 1958 and soon after, toured Australia and then the UK. In early 1959, Holly assembled a new band, consisting of future country music star Waylon Jennings (bass), famed session musician Tommy Allsup (guitar) and Carl Bunch (drums), and embarked on a tour of the midwestern U.S. After a show in Clear Lake, Iowa, Holly chartered an airplane to travel to his next show, in Moorhead, Minnesota. Soon after takeoff, the plane crashed, killing Holly, Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper, and the pilot, in a tragedy later elegized by Don McLean as "The Day the Music Died".
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. Holly was a major influence on later popular music artists, including 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".