- Author Existence Failure: A particularly infamous example, since he died just as he starting a new, more ambitious phase of his career.
- Executive Meddling: Played straight at the Nashville sessions. Averted in Clovis, where Norman Petty granted unlimited studio time. Played straight again after Buddy's death. He left behind dozens of demo tapes of unfinished songs; sometimes recorded with a band, sometimes just him and his acoustic guitar. During the '60s, these songs were released with meddlesome overdubs to bring them up to commercial standards.
- The Pete Best: Bob Montgomery, Larry Welborn. Montgomery went on to be a successful songwriter and Record Producer in Nashville.
- Short-Lived Big Impact: He was just 22 when he died, but without him, The Beatles wouldn't even be named the same.
- What Could Have Been: This one's almost painful to think about.
Trivia / Buddy Holly