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Buddy Holly’s Tribute Album: “Listen To Me: Buddy Holly”

HollywoodNews.com: Buddy Holly might have been celebrating his 75th birthday Sept. 7, had the iconic rock ‘n’ roll pioneer not lost his life at age 22 in the infamous “day the music died” Iowa plane crash along with Richie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. This year, Holly’s birthday will be celebrated in a huge way, with events including the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Blvd. Walk of Fame, and the release of “Listen To Me: Buddy Holly” an all-star tribute album that will also serve as the basis of the “Ultimate Buddy Party,” a VIP concert event that will be filmed as a PBS special.

Legendary record producer Peter Asher is the man behind “Listen To Me,” and he’ll be on hand to speak at the star unveiling as well as the concert. He tells us the first performer lined up for the album was Stevie Nicks. “We asked her very early on, so she got to choose which song she wanted to do. She grabbed ‘Not Fade Away’ and did a really great job with it. It’s a really great vocal.’”

Others on the highly-listenable album include Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Eric Idle, The Fray, Cobra Starship, Patrick Stump, Jeff Lynne, Natalie Merchant, Imelda May, Lyle Lovett, Jackson Browne, Chris Isaak, Pat Monahan of Train, and Zooey Deschanel.

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One Comment

  • August 25, 2011 | Permalink |

    Hi guys,

    The pic at the top of this news item isn’t Buddy Holly. It’s a pic of entertainer John Mueller in the role of Buddy.


    David Blakey

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