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Buddy Holly's final single 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore' released in 1959

Rock 'n' roll singer, songwriter and guitarist Buddy Holly (1936 - 1959), right, with his group The Crickets, Jerry Allison and Joe Mauldin. Buddy Holly releases his final single "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" on Jan. 5, 1959, just weeks before the fatal plane crash. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Rock and Roll as we know it wouldn't exist without Buddy Holly.

That is what John Fogerty said during Holly's induction speech in 1986 to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and many agree with that statement.

Holly had a slew of hits during his short career, including "Peggy Sue," "That'll Be The Day," "Everyday," and "Oh Boy!." The impact Holly had on popular music is still being felt today with his arrangement of two guitars, bass and drums for his band. Today, dual guitars are common place, and it all started with Holly.

On Jan. 5, 1959, Holly released the single, the Paul Anka penned "It Doesn't Matter Anymore," which would be his final single, as he died a few weeks later, along with Richie Valens and "The Big Bopper" J. P. Richardson, in a tragic plane crash following the show at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.

Anka said he wrote the song specifically for Holly. He would go on to donate his royalties from the song to Holly's wife.

The single would reach No. 13 two months after his death.