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May 03, 2011  | by: Angela Raiford

Buddy Holly

No, this is not a tribute to the popular Weezer song. Artists are teaming up to honor Buddy Holly, a rock ‘n’ roll icon and pioneer in the 1950′s who died in a plane crash at the early age of 22.

While Buddy Holly’s career was tragically cut short, he lived on through his creative influence. This tribute album, Rave On Buddy Holly is being released by Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group and has an amazing line-up of artists. Big names like Cee Lo Green, Florence + the Machine, Paul McCartney (who produced and hosted his own tribute in 1985), Modest Mouse and more are set to let their own creativity fly on covers of Holly’s number-one tunes.

It’s a bit suprising not to see Weezer on the bill, because even though their song “Buddy Holly” doesn’t have much to do with the artist himself, I think it encouraged some people to find out more. That aside, the line-up is still one that can’t be beat right now. Imagine if this was the listing for a new musical festival. It would be crazy!

The best part will be hearing how each artist brings a new element to each song. The track listing for Rave On Buddy Holly has already been released by Pitchfork so take a look below (and click the links to hear the Buddy Holly originals):

Tribute Album Art

01 The Black Keys: “Dearest
02 Fiona Apple and Jon Brion: “Every Day
03 Paul McCartney: “It’s So Easy”
04 Florence and the Machine: “Not Fade Away
05 Cee-Lo: “(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care
06 Karen Elson: “Crying, Waiting, Hoping
07 Julian Casablancas: “Rave On”
08 Jenny O.: “I’m Gonna Love You Too
09 Justin Townes Earle: “Maybe Baby
10 She & Him: “Oh Boy
11 Nick Lowe: “Changing All Those Changes
12 Patti Smith: “Words of Love
13 My Morning Jacket: “True Love Ways
14 Modest Mouse: “That’ll Be the Day
15 Kid Rock: “Well… All Right”
16 Detroit Cobras: “Heartbeat
17 Lou Reed: “Peggy Sue
18 John Doe: “Peggy Sue Got Married
19 Graham Nash: “Raining in My Heart

The tribute album is set to arrive in stores on June 28th, which happens to be my birthday. At least I know one birthday present I’ll be getting!  Check out the title track from the album, performed by Mr. Holly himself, below:

Were you excited to hear the news of the tribute album?  What’s your favorite Buddy Holly song?

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