More Buddy Holly Fingerprints: Not Fade Away Never Seems To Fade

“I’m wanna tell you how it’s gonna be…”

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Buddy Holly. (Photo: public domain)
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A Buddy Holly recording of Not Fade Away.


The Rolling Stones on Mike Douglas in 1964. This is a “must watch” because you can see early on the entire future of the Stones in their interplay with Mike Douglas.


Bob Dylan 40 years later with Bruce Springsteen guitarists Nils Lofgren and Steve Van Zandt in Zurich. Dylan has performed Not Fade Away more than 130 ties in his own concerts, an ongoing tribute to a man who inspired a generation of future musicians.


The Grateful Dead first performed it in 1968 at the Carousel Ballroom in 1968 and played it over 600 times in concert.


Let’s not leave out Bo Diddly’s R&B rendition.


I tried to find a Jimi Hendrix version, if such things existed, and came across Noel Redding’s version here. Redding and Mitch Mitchell backed Hendrix on bass and drums as the Jimi Hendrix Experience. It made me sad to see that this video, which was posted four years ago, had less than 350 views.

Related Links

John Lennon’s Letter to Waylon Jennings
Facebook page for the Armory-sponsored Tribute to the Music of Buddy Holly

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