Flashback: How Waylon Jennings Survived Buddy Holly Crash

February 3, 2015

The day the music died. That's how songwriter Don McLean memorialized February 3rd, 1959, in his 1972 single "American Pie," an epic, eight-minute music-history lesson that begins with a reference to the plane crash that killed musicians Buddy Holly,...



Willie Nelson's Braids Sell for $37,000 at Auction

October 8, 2014

In one of the more unusual music-related items to hit the auction block since John Lennon's tooth, Willie Nelson's trademark braids were sold to the highest bidder for $37,000. Nelson's braids were just one of over 2,000 items up for sale at an auction...


Not Fade Away: The Best of Buddy Holly

May 6, 2014

In just a few years, Buddy Holly wrote more memorable licks — and recorded more hummable hits — than most rockers get in their entire lives. Here are some rollicking numbers and sweet serenades from the gone-too-soon boy wonder....


Buddy Holly Songs Get Country Spin

August 19, 2014

Buddy Holly's influence on generations of rock and country musicians has inspired various tribute projects in the 55 years since his death. On September 7th, on what would have been his 78th birthday, the Texas-born legend will be recognized with the...



Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Adds Six Backing Groups to 2012 Class

February 9, 2012

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will make up for past oversights at this year's induction ceremony by admitting the backing groups of six first-generation rock stars. The honored groups include the Blue Caps (Gene Vincent), The Comets (Bill Haley), the...


Week in Rock History: Janet Jackson Has a Wardrobe Malfunction

January 30, 2012

This week in rock history, Buddy Holly's plane crashed, Karen Carpenter passed away, Paul Simon's infamous musical opened on Broadway, Janet Jackson had one hell of a "wardrobe malfunction" and R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to child pornography. February...



Buddy Holly Tribute Concert Brings Out Stars

September 8, 2011

Last night, on what would have been Buddy Holly's 75th birthday, some of music's biggest names celebrated the late singer at a tribute concert at Hollywood's Music Box. The show brought out a cross-generational, multi-genre array of rock and country...


Exclusive Album Stream: Stars Salute Buddy Holly on 'Listen to Me'

September 2, 2011

Click to listen to the 'Listen To Me: Buddy Holly' album Listen to Me: Buddy Holly celebrates what would have been the 75th birthday of the late rock icon with covers of his best-loved hits by superstars such as Stevie Nicks, Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr,...


Exclusive Download: Brian Wilson Covers Buddy Holly

August 19, 2011

Click here to listen to Brian Wilson's cover of Buddy Holly's "Listen to Me" Brian Wilson's interpretation of Buddy Holly's classic song "Listen to Me" is a gorgeous merger of Holly's simple, direct melodic phrasing and Wilson's distinct arrangement...


All-Star Rockers Salute Buddy Holly

July 7, 2011

When Buddy Holly died in a plane crash in 1959, he was just 22 years old and had been writing and recording songs for only about two years. But that music – including immortal hits like "Not Fade Away" and "Peggy Sue" – has had an incalculable...


Preview an All Star Tribute to Buddy Holly

June 8, 2011

In this brief documentary celebrating the release of the new tribute album Rave On Buddy Holly, stars such as Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Nick Lowe and Jon Brion discuss Holly's classic songs and his impact on the history of rock music. The video also includes...


Buddy Holly's Widow Embraces Wave of Tributes

September 2, 2011

When he began assembling a lineup of singers to pay tribute to Buddy Holly for what would have been the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's 75th birthday, producer Peter Asher hadn't heard that a similar project was underway. Rave On Buddy Holly, a tribute...


Chris Isaak Pays Tribute to Buddy Holly

August 26, 2011

Dashing Chris Isaak contributes his sweet version of Buddy Holly's "Crying Waiting Hoping" to the new tribute CD, Listen to Me (Verve Forecast). The tribute, the second to arrive during what would have been Holly's 75th year (Rave On was the...


Go Inside 'Listen to Me: Buddy Holly'

July 25, 2011

Buddy Holly has always been one of the most beloved figures in the history of rock, but adoration for the late singer has reached a new peak this summer with the release of two totally different tribute albums, both featuring some of the biggest stars...

Album Review

Rave On Buddy Holly

June 28, 2011

When Buddy Holly died in February 1959 - in the plane crash that also claimed Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper - he was just 22 and had only been a star since the fall of '57, when his first single with the Crickets, "That'll Be the Day," went to Number...


Exclusive Stream: Paul McCartney Wails on Buddy Holly's 'It's So Easy'

May 23, 2011

Buddy Holly was one of the Beatles' biggest influences, a pioneer whose simple tunes and insane two-year hot streak inspired John Lennon and Paul McCartney to start writing their own songs. So it's no shock McCartney contributed to Rave On, a giant sundae...



Not Fade Away

March 1, 2010


Album Review

Memorial Collection

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...


The Last Days of Buddy Holly

February 5, 2009

It would go down in history as rock & roll's Tour From Hell: the Winter Dance Party of 1959 that took place exactly 50 winters ago in February. As their heat-deprived yellow converted Baptist-school tour bus went slipping and sliding in subarctic...