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".