Buddy Holly's widow hands publishing rights to BMG

Rock 'N' Roll icon Buddy Holly's widow has handed record label executives at BMG, the publishing rights to her late husband's songs as part of a major new deal.

PTI| Updated: Jul 03, 2015, 15:32 PM IST

Los Angeles: Rock 'N' Roll icon Buddy Holly's widow has handed record label executives at BMG, the publishing rights to her late husband's songs as part of a major new deal.

The settlement marks the first time since 22-year-old Holly died in a plane crash in 1959 that someone other than Maria Elena Holly will be the custodian to the singer-songwriter's catalogue and overall image, reported Billboard.

"For almost 60 years, Buddy's loving fans and I have worked to bring his creativity to successive generations of fans and I have been looking for a steward to lead those efforts into the future. I am very happy to announce that I have entrusted Buddy's legacy to BMG."

The deal covers the US music publishing rights to songs like "Peggy Sue", "That'll Be the Day" and "Not Fade Away".