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Buddy Holly Receives Posthumous Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

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The Hollywood Walk of Fame star unveiled Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, in honor of pioneering rocker Buddy Holly was a bittersweet moment for Maria Elena Holly, the woman who spent less than six months as his wife and the ensuing 52 years as his widow after the Feb. 3, 1959, plane crash that took his life, which “American Pie” singer-songwriter Don McLean famously immortalized as “the day the music died.”

“One of his dreams was to write scores for movies and to come to Hollywood and make his mark,” Holly, 78, said during the midday ceremony outside the Capitol Records tower before a crowd of a couple hundred fans and several dozen guests from the entertainment world and local politics. The ceremony was held on what would have been Holly’s 75th birthday. “Half of that dream did not come true,” she said, choking back a tear. “But the other half did come true with this beautiful star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.” Joining Elena Holly was actor Gary Busey, Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers and Peter Asher.

The placement of Holly’s star was neither random nor had anything to do with his record company affiliation: the Lubbock, Texas-born musician who scored influential hits, including “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Oh, Boy!” and  “Rave On,” recorded in the 1950s for rival labels Brunswick, Coral and Decca.

The site chosen is just north of stars for John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, whose band, the Beatles, named their group after Holly’s group, the Crickets.

There were other goals that Holly, who died at age 22, didn’t live long enough to see to full fruition, including starting his own record label to nurture developing talent and a bilingual project in which he had aimed to record some famous Spanish-language songs with English lyrics, and translate favorite English-language songs into Spanish, with the help of his Puerto Rico-born bride.

Several musicians convened Wednesday night for a tribute concert filmed at the Music Box Theatre in Hollywood Blvd.for airing in December on PBS television.  Peter Asher and Chris Isaak shared emcee duties before an invitation-only audience of several hundred, with the Music Box’s interior outfitted like an elegant dinner club, with white tablecloths, Champagne flutes and gourmet cupcakes at each table before the stage.

On Wednesday, Holly became the final member of the inaugural class of inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- a stellar group that also includes Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, James Brown and the Everlys -- to receive a star on the Walk of Fame.

To see hundreds of Hollywood Walk of Fame photos, go to  There are images of such celebrities as John Travolta, Alan Jackson, Michael Jackson, Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell.  All Walk of Fame photographs are available for purchase.

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