Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"Not Fade Away"

OK back to the 50's: Credited to Charles Hardin and Norman Petty, this classic was recorded by Buddy Holly and The Crickets in New Mexico in '57 during the same session as "Everyday". Jerry Allison kept the Bo Diddley "hambone" beat on a cardboard box instead of his drum kit. This was THE last song Holly ever performed before his fatal plane crash. Although it never charted, it is #107 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The Stones' '64 version was their 1st US single (#48) and their 1st Top 5 hit in the UK (#3). A staple of their early concerts, they revived it as the opening number for their Voodoo Lounge Tour.

Yesterday's answer: "Go Now!" by the Moody Blues. Passionate vocals! Curious how completely different the sound and the music were with Laine than with Hayward.

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