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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...

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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...

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For the First Time Anywhere

March 18, 1987

Last September, while rummaging in the mustier reaches of the MCA tape archives in Los Angeles, Steve Hoffman, head of the company's catalog-research-and-development department, came across a long-forgotten box marked "Do Not Use." Inside were some ancient...