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Songs included in the Old School Radio Show program "The Music Lives On"
I'm Gonna Love You Too Buddy Holly Original songwriting credit didn't include Buddy Holly, but he is said to be the primary author. Recorded in 1957 and failed to crack the Billboard 100.  Blondie did a cover in 1978. Amazon iTunes
Everyday Fiona Apple From the 2011 tribute CD "Rave On."  With Jon Brion on guitar and Benmont Tench on celesta, a keyboard instrument with a bell-like sound. Amazon iTunes
Framed  Ritchie Valens The B side of "Come On, Let's Go" shows his stylistic range with this blues song written by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller.  Amazon iTunes
Maybe Baby The Crickets with Buddy Holly Released in 1958, it peaked at #18 on the US charts and at #4 in the UK. Amazon iTunes
Running Bear Johnny Preston J. P. Richardson, a.k.a. The Big Bopper, is most identified with "Chantilly Lace." But when he wrote this Romeo and Juliet song about an American Indian, he offered it to his friend Johnny Preston, and you can hear the Bopper in background vocals. Released after his death, it went to #1 in both the US and UK. Amazon iTunes
A Day in the Life  Big Daddy Big Daddy recorded their 1992 album, "Sgt. Pepper's"  as an ingenious reimagining of the groundbreaking 1967 Beatles LP "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." It renders each song in an appropriate 1950s-era pop idiom. "A Day In The Life" morphs into a tribute to the Beatles' idol Buddy Holly.  Amazon iTunes
Peggy Sue Buddy Holly "Peggy Sue" was originally written as "Cindy Lou" (after Holly's niece), but Holly changed it prior to recording as a tip of the hat to Crickets drummer Jerry Allison's girlfriend, later wife, Peggy Sue Gerron.  Amazon iTunes
Not Fade Away Rolling Stones The Stones' 1964 cover arrangement put their own stamp on this song by intensifying the Bo Diddley beat. It was their first Top 5 hit in Great Britain and their first single release in the US. Amazon iTunes
Not Fade Away The Crickets with Buddy Holly Ranked number 107 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time." The Crickets' recording never charted as a single. And "Not Fade Away" is The Grateful Dead's seventh most performed song. They sang it 530 times in their career. Amazon iTunes
True Love Ways Peter and Gordon Holly wrote the song as a wedding gift for his wife, Maria Elena, who accepted his marriage proposal on their first date in 1958. This version charted #2 in the UK and #14 in the US in 1965. Amazon iTunes
Rock Around with Ollie Vee Buddy Holly Written by Holly's friend and onetime bandmate Sonny Curtis.  In the 1978 movie "The Buddy Holly Story," starring Gary Busey, Buddy and the band rock out with this number at a roller-rink remote broadcast, delighting the teenage "boppers" and intriguing the station manager with their sound, even as the sponsor complains. Amazon iTunes
That'll Be The Day Linda Ronstadt From Ronstadt's 1976 Grammy winning album "Hasten Down the Wind," this cover made it to #11 on the Billboard pop chart. "That'll Be the Day" was the first track ever recorded by The Quarrymen, who later became The Beatles.  Amazon iTunes
Words Of Love Beatles The Beatles' 1964 cover of "Words of Love" is a beautiful arrangement with its jangly guitar, soft clapping and great vocal harmonies. Rated as one of the 20 best ever Buddy Holly covers by spinner.com.

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Slippin' and Slidin' Buddy Holly From the legendary "Apartment Tapes" Buddy recorded at home in New York the month before his death, "Slippin' and Slidin'" was originally performed by Little Richard, who is part of the songwriting credits. The short, fast version from the original recording was also extended with overdubbing by a band. Amazon iTunes not available
Rave On Buddy Holly Recorded in New York in 1958, this was one of Buddy's last hits during his lifetime. The phrase "rave on" was inspired by a Carl Perkins song. Amazon iTunes
Rave On John Cougar Mellencamp John Cougar Mellencamp recorded this Cajun-style version for the soundtrck of the 1988 movie "Cocktail." Amazon iTunes
Listen To Me Brian Wilson from the 2011 tribute CD "Listen To Me" Amazon iTunes
Brown Eyed Handsome Man Buddy Holly Written by Chuck Berry. Said to be last song played at the Surf Ballroom that night, with all acts joining in the finale. Holly’s recording was a posthumous top-5 hit in the UK in 1963. The song is part of the Broadway musical “Million Dollar Quartet.” John Fogerty used a line from it in his 1985 song “Centerfield.” Amazon iTunes
American Pie Don McLean The 1971 song is well known for its cryptic lyrics, the subject of curiosity and speculation. It begins on a cold morning in February 1959 as the writer delivered newspapers, and goes on to reflect on changes in the US from the prosperous and calm 1950s, through the counter culture revolution and the end of youthful innocence. (Thanks to John Bace '75) Amazon iTunes
Cuts that didn't make the cut, only for reasons of time      
I Wonder Why Dion and the Belmonts Dion DiMucci and his doo-wop group were on the tour, but Dion turned down a seat on the fateful flight. Dion was affected by the tragedy for years. He finished the tour, joined by replacements Bobby Vee, Frankie Avalon and Fabian. This 1958 song was Dion’s first hit. Amazon iTunes
Well All Right Lyle Lovett from the 2011 tribute CD "Listen To Me" Amazon iTunes
I'm Looking For Someone To Love Imelda May from the 2011 tribute CD "Listen To Me" Amazon iTunes
Down The Line Buddy Holly Probably Buddy Holly’s only “car song.” Credited to Holly, Montgomery and Petty, it was recorded in 1955 by the duo Buddy & Bob. Amazon iTunes
You're So Square (Baby I Don't Care) Buddy Holly An ode to a girl who's not trendy, written in 1957 by Lieber & Stoller and covered by many artists. Holly's version charted in the UK in 1961. Amazon iTunes