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Buddy Holly

Pioneering rock 'n' roll musician Charles Hardin Holley, known as Buddy Holly, was born in Lubbock, Texas on September 7, 1936. He died in 1959 in a plane crash in Iowa. The youngest of four children of Lawrence and Ella (Drake) Holley, Buddy became one of the greatest legends of rock music. His father worked as a tailor and salesman in a Lubbock clothing store, and though Lawrence did not play an instrument, he and Buddy's mom encouraged their children's musical skills. At age five, Buddy appeared with his brothers in a talent show in the neighboring town of County Line. They won five dollars singing "Down the River of Memories." At age eleven Buddy took piano lessons, but quit after nine months

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Dreaming The Beatles: The Love Story of One Band And The Whole World

Read "Dreaming The Beatles: The Love Story of One Band And The Whole World" reviewed by Doug Collette

Dreaming The Beatles: The Love Story of One Band And The Whole World Rob Sheffield 368 Pages ISBN: #0062207652 Dey Street Books 2017 Rob Sheffield is so enamored of his subject on Dreaming the Beatles, any fan who reads it may be inspired to write a book on the ...

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Neil Finn & Paul Kelly: Goin' Your Way

Read "Goin' Your Way" reviewed by Doug Collette

The essays written by Neil Finn and Paul Kelly enclosed inside the booklet within this double-CD set are, like the two men's original songs, wholly and completely without affectation. These two kindred spirits instead speak frankly about the pragmatic aspects of their collaboration, such as choosing the songs and rehearsing with the band, for a concert ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Todd Clouser's A Love Electric: 20th Century Folk Selections

Read "20th Century Folk Selections" reviewed by Mark Corroto

More than rock musicians and more than blues artists, jazz musicians carry the greatest burden of musical legacy. There are not stories about a contemporary rock musician who dedicates his career to mastering The Beatles catalog, or of the one who's playing is paralyzed because she cannot deal with Jimi Hendrix's solos. Nope. Only in jazz ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Todd Clouser's A Love Electric Announces US Tour Dates to Support "20th Century Folk Selections"

Todd Clouser's A Love Electric Announces US Tour Dates to Support "20th Century Folk Selections"

Baja, Mexico-based—by way of Minneapolis—guitarist Todd Clouser and his band, A Love Electric, release their sophomore album, 20th Century Folk Selections, on February 14 via The Royal Potato Family. The set features eight renditions of songs that Clouser calls “folkloric in nature," including those by the likes of Nirvana, Lou Reed and Beastie Boys among others. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Twenty 20s: Uh! Oh!

Read "Uh! Oh!" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Are these people nuts? That could be the question when the title tune to the The Twenty 20's Uh! Oh! begins to spin. It sounds like surf guitar legend Dick Dale found a cheeky--but really good--girl singer influenced by Alvin and the Chipmunks, then recruited Phil Spector to produce--on a lower budget than the famed producer ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Buddy Holly Reconsidered

Buddy Holly Reconsidered

Today in the Wall Street Journal (go here) I review Rave OnBuddy Holly, an album that will be released this coming Tuesday. It pairs 19 contemporary and established rock artists with songs associated with rock's least-known and most misunderstood founder. The result is expressionistic and interpretive, much in the way that If I Were a Carpenter ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Richie Hayward: February 6, 1946 - August 12, 2010

Richie Hayward: February 6, 1946 - August 12, 2010

By C. Michael Bailey Drummer and Little Feat founder Richie Hayward passed away Thursday, August 12, 2010, in his current home of Victoria, British Columbia. He was 64 years old. Originally Hailing from Clear Lake, Iowa, Hayward would be instrumental in the percussion on scores of recordings by Robert Plant, Robert Palmer, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Rest in Peace? The Perils of Posthumous Pop

Rest in Peace? The Perils of Posthumous Pop

Often the artists vision is ignored in music released after their death. Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and John Lennon have all had music released after their deaths and the music has been tampered with in ways the artists might not have approved. When the Beatles recorded Buddy Hollys Crying, Waiting, Hoping at their audition for Decca ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Leo Fender Honored Posthumously

The Recording Academy will bestow a technical award on the guitar maker whose instruments revolutionized pop music's sound. No invention since the phonograph more dramatically affected how popular music is made than Fender guitars, arriving as they did with the birth of rock 'n' roll. Buddy Holly was an early Fender convert; Jimi Hendrix used the ...


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