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

New compilation features Stevie Nicks, Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr and more

September 2, 2011 1:55 PM ET
Exclusive Album Stream: Stars Salute Buddy Holly on 'Listen to Me'

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, Natalie Merchant, Jackson Browne, Patrick Stump and Zooey Deschanel. The record, which is a benefit in support of several music-related charities, will be accompanied by a special V.I.P. live concert at the Music Box in Hollywood that will be shot for PBS' December pledge drive and an eventual DVD release. Listen to Me will hit stores on September 6th, but you can preview the album in full now.

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