The late rock ‘n’ roller died 60 years ago on February 1959 in a plane crash along with The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens while on the disastrous national tour, the Winter Dance Party.
But there is a legendary curse surrounding the singer hinged on some seriously spooky coincidences.
Buddy Holly foresaw his own death in prophetic dreams.
Before going on tour, Buddy Holly and his new wife Maria Elena were simultaneously disturbed by violent dreams.
Maria dreamt of a fireball descending to earth in the middle of a field, followed by an explosion and a gaping hole in the ground.
She woke Holly and he told her he had also just had a strange dream.
He dreamt that he, his wife and his brother were in a plane.
His brother persuaded Holly to leave Maria on top of a building with the intention of returning for her.
Apparently Holly was wracked with guilt for having left her behind in the dream.
The scary thing is, Maria was supposed to join Holly on tour, but he convinced her to stay behind because of her morning sickness.
While Holly toured England in 1958 he received a message from Joe Meek, a British recording engineer and producer.
In January that year, Meek had attended a tarot reading.
The message to Holly was that he was told: “February 3, Buddy Holly, dies”.
Holly thanked Meek but wasn’t concerned as it was already past February 3.
But Holly would die on February 3 a year later in 1959.
“February 3, Buddy Holly, dies”
“Joe” Robert George Meek was a record producer and songwriter.
He suffered from bouts of rage, paranoia and depression that were exacerbated by his drug use.
He became obsessed with Buddy Holly, whom Meek claimed visited him in dreams.
On the eighth anniversary of Buddy Holly’s death in 1967, Meek shot and killed his landlady before turning the single-barrelled shotgun on himself. He was aged just 37.
Twist of fate
Holly’s co-passengers Valens and The Big Bopper flipped a coin on whether they were to get a seat on the plane.
The Big Bopper said it was the first time he had ever won anything.
Singer Eddie Cochran recorded “Three Stars” in honour of the rock stars killed in the plane crash.
Cochran was supposed to have been on the Winter Party Dance tour.
When he heard of the crash he felt as though he had cheated death and was supposedly plagued with guilt and fear that death would come for him soon.
He was thrown from a car in 1960 after blowing a tyre in Bath, Somerset.
The line-up of Holly’s original band The Crickets visited him in hospital and he died the next day.
His last single was “Three Steps to Heaven” and The Crickets were the backing band.
John Lennon also foresaw his own death
The Beatles were big fans of Buddy Holly and covered his tracks “Words of Love” and “That’ll Be the Day”.
In fact, The Beatles was a play on the name The Crickets and it was said Holly wanted to name the band The Beetles.
John Lennon was shot dead by Mark Chapman aged 40 on December 8, 1980 when he was returning home to his apartment with his wife Yoko.
Lennon was once asked how he would die, he replied: “I’ll probably be popped off by some loony.”
The 90s rock legends are best known for their monster hit Smells Like Teen Spirit. But frontman Kurt Cobain was tired of being taken so seriously after the release of Nevermind and decided to show a more humorous side to the band.
In 1993 they released the video for In Bloom in which Kurt and crew appeared in a mock 1950s style show dressed like no other than Buddy Holly.
The video won Best Alternative Video at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards and a year later Kurt Cobain killed himself.
Weezer gained worldwide fame with their debut album The Blue Album.
Among their hits was Buddy Holly.
The bassist Mike Welsh left the band because of a nervous breakdown and attempted suicide the same year the album was produced.
In 2011, he was found dead in a hotel room.