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 in music. While Rave On Buddy Holly included covers of Holly tunes by Paul McCartney, Modest Mouse, Kid Rock and Patti Smith, the Listen to Me: Buddy Holly compilation features recordings by Ringo Starr, Stevie Nicks, Brian Wilson, Zooey Deschanel, Patrick Stump, Jackson Brown, Lyle Lovett and Natalie Merchant. (Perhaps the two factions can meet up and compete against each other somehow. Softball game, maybe?)
In this video, you can watch the stars behind Listen to Me: Buddy Holly record their tracks in the studio and talk about the influence of Holly on their own work.
Listen to Me: Buddy Holly will be available in stores on September 6th – the day before what would have been Holly’s 75th birthday – and proceeds from the set will go to numerous music-related organizations, including The GRAMMY Foundation’s “GRAMMY Camps” and Artists’ House Music, that support the artistic growth and professional development of young musicians.