One of those artists is the iconic rocker Buddy Holly, who influenced early Beatles songs and even the way they dressed, according to Texas Tech Today. “One of the main things about the Beatles is that we started out writing our own material,” Paul McCartney said in “The Beatles Anthology” (via Beatles Bible). “People these days take it for granted that you do, but nobody used to then. John and I started to write because of Buddy Holly. It was like, ‘Wow! He writes and is a musician.'” The Beatles would go onto cover Holly’s song “Words of Love” on their early album “Beatles For Sale.”
McCartney bought the international rights to more than 40 of Holly’s songs in 1976, according to Medium. Considering that Holly tragically died at the age of 22, this makes up the bulk of his catalog.
Holly is not the only back catalog owned by MPL. In 2003 McCartney bought the rights to 23 of Carl Perkins’ songs as well, including hits like “Blue Suede Shoes” (via ABC). McCartney also bought the rights to many of the cover songs the Beatles performed over the years, such as “Twist and Shout,” which was written by Bert Berns, according to Parade.