On May 13, 1958, flush from the success of a world tour in support of their songs "That'll Be The Day" and "Peggy Sue," Buddy Holly and two other members of his band, the Crickets, paid a visit to Ray Miller's Motorcycle Shop in Dallas.
They left with new bikes. Drummer Jerry Allison bought a Triumph Trophy. Bass player Joe Maudlin bought a Triumph Thunderbird. And Buddy Holly bought a 650cc Ariel Cyclone -- one of only 200 ever made.
(Legend has it the three men first visited a Harley-Davidson dealership, and said they wanted three matching Harleys, but the salesman, not recognizing the pop trio, laughed them out of his shop.)
They also purchased...