BMG, the fourth-largest music publisher in the world, has acquired access to of all the rights for the music catalog of the legendary Buddy Holly, based on a recent agreement with his widow. Since 1959, when Holly met his untimely death in a plane crash at the age of just 22, Maria Elena Holly has been the sole custodian to the rock legend’s song catalog and image.
Holly is recognized as one of the most iconic figures in the history of popular music, and was truly one of the founding fathers of Rock and Roll. The amount of work he completed prior to his young death was nothing less than amazing, and it paved the way for all the famous rock bands to come. Some of the gems from his songbook include: Everyday, That’ll Be The Day, It’s So Easy, Not Fade Away. Watch him perform hit “That’ll Be The Day:”
Regarding the acquisition, Maria Elena Holly stated, “For almost 60 years, Buddy’s loving fans and I have worked to bring his creativity to successive generations of fans, and I have been looking for a steward to lead those efforts into the future. I am very happy to announce that I have entrusted Buddy’s legacy to BMG.”