TIME TO PLAY B-SIDES- ‘NOT FADE AWAY’- BUDDY HOLLY AND THE CRICKETS

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Time To Play B-sides- goes back to 1958 and the great Buddy Holly- “Not Fade Away” was the b-side to “Oh Boy!” which was a #10 hit. Both songs were on The Chirping Crickets album- the first album release by Buddy Holly and The Crickets. “Not Fade Away” songwriting credit is to Buddy and his producer Norman Petty although it was probably written by Holly  but back then a lot of folks got songwriting credit on songs they didn’t write Buddy’s friend  and Cricket Jerry Allison is believed to have helped out on the lyrics but he was not given credit. The song has that Bo Diddley rhythm beat to it-that and Buddy’s singing drive the song.   Over the years “Not Fade Away” has had more staying power than the a-side “Oh Boy!” has- both are great great songs of course but helping “Not Fade Away” is having The Rolling Stones cover it- it was their first single in the U.S. and they have played the song on a number of their tours. The Grateful Dead during their career played it on concert over 600 times. It was even the debut single by the Canadian group Rush. Even though “Not Fade Away” never charted as a single- Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it at #107 on their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list. Buddy Holly Lives!

2 responses to “TIME TO PLAY B-SIDES- ‘NOT FADE AWAY’- BUDDY HOLLY AND THE CRICKETS

  1. ‘A’ side — ‘B’ side — anything Buddy Holly, The Crickets produced is top side of the disc to me. Used to sing ‘Sweet Little Susie,’ to my sisters in the car on long trips to keep them entertained. Life was so simple back then — or so it seemed.

  2. This was a much different take on Rock ‘n Roll, almost without sound. It was like playing in a vacuum. Not sure how I am coming across, cuz this is a good song, but what I am hearing is the absence of sound. Feels weird to me. I remember Buddy sounding much fuller, but I was only 8 years old.

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