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Buddy Holly to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly

(CBS) If Buddy Holly were alive, he'd be 75 years old, Wednesday, Sept. 7. Nearly 53 years after his death in a plane crash at age 22, he's getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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According to the Walk of Fame's website, Holly will be given the 2,447th star. His widow, Maria Elena Holly, is scheduled to speak, along with Peter Asher of Peter and Gordon, Gary Busey, who played Holly in the 1978 biopic "The Buddy Holly Story," and Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers.

Holly was born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas, on Sept. 7, 1936. He was one of the first musicians to write most of the music he recorded. He scored hits with his band, The Crickets, and as a solo artist.

Some of Holly's best known songs include "Not Fade Away," which was the first single in the U.S. for the Rolling Stones; "That'll Be the Day," which has been covered by Linda Ronstadt and Modest Mouse; and "Peggy Sue."

Holly was killed on Feb. 3, 1959, when the plane he was traveling in crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa. Musicians the Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) and Ritchie Valens were also killed in the crash, along with the pilot, Roger Peterson.