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This was written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty and recorded at Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico from June-August, 1958. Petty was Holly's producer and manager. (thanks, David - Lubbock, TX)
This was the last single Holly recorded with The Crickets. In the last few months of his life, he moved to New York and began recording with more elaborate production techniques, including string sections.
Holly was known for his innovative guitar riffs, but he didn't play lead on this one. A session guitarist named Tommy Allsup did. Allsup played in Holly's band on his last tour.
Many of Holly's fans consider this one of his best songs, but it was never released as a single.
Linda Ronstadt had a hit with this in 1977. Her version went to #5 in the US.
On October 28, 1958, Buddy Holly lip-synched this and "Heartbeat" the TV show American Bandstand. It was his last national TV appearance before his death. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Buddy Holly was a major influence on The Beatles, and in 2011, Paul McCartney recorded this song for the tribute album Rave On Buddy Holly, which was issued to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Holly's birth.
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Mike Watt of the Minutemen tells the story of the song that became an Indie Rock touchstone. It's also the story of what Mike calls "The Movement."
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