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Buddy Holly

Memorial Collection

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February 5, 2009

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of 22-year-old Buddy Holly's death in a plane crash, this 60-track anthology offers monster hits and raw early versions from rock's hiccup-voiced auteur. Holly's "That'll Be the Day" offers DIY Elvis swagger, and his soothing single "Words of Love" features not only one of rock's earliest overdubbed harmony vocals but also the softly chiming guitars that would ignite both the Byrds' folk rock and the jangling indie pop of the Eighties and beyond. Holly paved the way for other seemingly ordinary kids to write their own songs — and become extraordinary.

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