|(Picture of Buddy Holly, courtesy of Sunset Radio, Your Alternative)|
Buddy Holly was a musical genius. Revered in his time for being a pioneer of rock & roll, he is said to have influenced the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton.
Sadly, his music career was cut short when he died in a plane crash at the age of 22 but even in death he continued to inspire singers. Most famously was Don McLean with his hit American Pie, which depicts, among other things, "the day the music died." (Listen here.)
Fast forward to 2011 and the nods to his influence keep coming. RAVE ON Buddy Holly is a compilation of his greatest works as performed by some of our modern favorites.
We think Stephen Thompson of NPR Music detailed the album best when he said,
"The collection's high-wattage guest list is pretty remarkable for a tribute album — a form usually defined by its unevenness and filler. But Rave On Buddy Holly does more than just throw big names against the wall over the course of a generous 19 tracks. It also adds up to an impressively diverse collection of takes on the innocence of another era. Buddy Holly churned out a formidable collection of pop classics in just a few years, and his catalog offers many unforgettable odes to wide-eyed, open-hearted youth."
Listen to the full track list here and tell us which song/cover is your favorite!!