Buddy Holly Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Holly's star will be the 2,447th on the streets of Hollywood.
Los Angeles has declared September 7th to be Buddy Holly Day as his wide, Maria Elena Holly, accepts the star on his behalf.
Singer and producer Peter Asher, Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers and actor Gary Busey, who was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Holly, are scheduled to speak -- the presentation occurred at 11:30 am.
Holly, born Charles Hardin Holley, was one of the early frontrunners of rock and roll. Though his success lasted only a year and a half before he died at the age of 23 in an airplane crash, he was once described by critic Bruce Eder as "the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll," according to Allmusic.com.
The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones have all acknowledged Holly's influence on their music -- Paul McCartney currently owns the publishing rights to Holly's songs.
Holly's iconic glasses have become a symbol of rock and roll unto themselves, with many performers adopting them.
Weezer released a single titled "Buddy Holly" on what would have been Holly's 58th birthday in 1994. It has since become one of the band's most enduring songs.