Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Lasting Impression

If you are a Buddy Holly fan, you know the songs. They were written and recorded more than 55 years ago, by a man who was only 22 when he died in 1959. Although Holly's career spanned barely a year and a half, he left a lasting impression on generations of musicians who still listen to and play his songs.

Holly was a pioneer in the recording industry, becoming one of the first performers to gain creative control over production of his records. More than that, Holly and the members of the Crickets played their own parts on recordings - another rarity, as most records of the time were recorded using studio musicians.

Holly's songs were plain and simply great rock and roll, then and now. Over the years, many artists have covered Buddy's songs; these videos are some of the best of those covers.
Fiona Apple - Everyday

Raul Malo - Listen To Me  

Martina McBride - True Love Ways*

Jackson Browne - True Love Ways  

Justin Townes Earle - Maybe Baby  

Marty Stuart - Crying, Waiting, Hoping  

Linda Ronstadt - It's So Easy  

Beatles - Words of Love*

Jeff Lynne - Words of Love  

Rolling Stones - Not Fade Away  

Blind Faith - Well All Right

John Lennon - Peggy Sue  

Everly Brothers - That'll Be the Day  

* Note: Several of these videos require you to click through to view them on YouTube, as the copyright holder does not allow embedding on other sites. I respect their right to restrict rights to content they own.

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