Buddy Holly was an American singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll. Although his success lasted only a year and a half before his death in an airplane crash, Holly is described by critic Bruce Eder as "the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll."
Though often credited to Holly alone, several of his top hits were actually recorded by The Crickets, of which Holly was the lead singer and guitarist. Holly had a solo recording contract under his own name, so to avoid legal problems he decided to form the group. Though often referred to as "Buddy Holly and the Crickets", they never went by that billing professionally.
The Crickets consisted of lead singer Buddy Holly, drummer Jerry Allison, bassist Joe B. Mauldin, and rhythm guitarist Niki Sullivan. The songs Not Fade Away, Oh Boy!, and That'll Be the Day are all off of their debut album The "Chirping" Crickets released in 1957.
- The only song in Mafia II performed by Holly as a solo act is Rave On, released in 1958.