Austin American-Statesman: Early rocker Holly blazed business trail

The legacy of rock 'n' roll icon Buddy Holly's short and meteoric ascent in the late 1950s goes beyond the music he made.

Holly, who died in a plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa, 50 years ago Tuesday along with Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson — The Big Bopper — also blazed trails in the industry's business side.

He crafted his recording deals so he retained control of his music and that allowed his creativity to flourish, said Christopher Smith, an associate music professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Holly's birthplace.

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