Three Stars

Album: Closet Classics (1959)
Charted: 11
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  • Look up in the sky
    Up toward the north
    There are three new stars
    Brightly shining forth
    They're shining so bright
    From heaven above
    Gee, we're gonna miss you
    Everybody sends their love

    On the left stand Ritchie Valens
    A young boy just seventeen
    Just beginning to realize
    And explore his teenage dreams
    Why did God call him, oh, so far away
    Maybe to help some boy or girl
    Who might have gone astray
    With his star shining
    Through the dark and lonely night
    To light the path
    And show the way, the way that's right

    Gee, we're gonna miss you
    Everybody sends their love

    On the right stands Buddy Holly
    With a shy grin on his face
    Funny how you always seem to notice
    That one little curl out of place
    Not many people really knew Buddy
    Or understood how he felt
    But just a song from his lips
    Would make the coldest heart melt
    Buddy's singing for God now and His chorus in the sky
    Buddy holly we'll always remember you
    With tears in our eyes

    Gee, we're gonna miss you
    Everybody sends their love

    In the middle stands a stout man
    The Big Bopper is his name
    Now God has called him
    Perhaps to new fortune and fame
    He wore a big Stetson hat
    And sort of rambled up to the mic
    And how can we ever forget those wonderful words
    "You know what I like"

    Look up in the sky
    Up toward the north
    There are three new stars
    Brightly shining forth
    They're shining so bright
    From heaven above
    Gee, we're gonna miss you
    Everybody sends their love Writer/s: Thomas Donaldson
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 5

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1959 {June 12th} Ruby Wright's covered version of "Three Stars" peaked at #19 {for 1 week} on the United Kingdom's National Music Express chart...
    One month earlier on May 4th, 1959 Ms. Wright's version was at #99 during it's one week stay on the U.S. Billboard's Top 100 chart, and also that very same week Tommy Dee with Carol Kay and the Teen-Aires' original version peaked at #11 on the Top 100 chart...
    And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the U.K. NME Top 10 on June 12th, 1959:
    At #1. "A Fool Such As I"/"I Need Your Love Tonight" by Elvis Presley
    #2. "Roulette" by Russ Conway
    #3. "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" by Buddy Holly
    #4. "It's Late" by Ricky Nelson
    #5. "Dream Lover" by Bobby Darin
    #6. "I've Waited So Long" by Anthony Newley
    #7. "Side Saddle" by Russ Conway
    #8. "A Teenage In Love" by Marty Wilde
    #9. "I Go Ape" by Neil Sedaka
    #10. "Come Softly To Me" by Frankie Vaughn and the Kaye Sisters
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1959 {May 4th} "Three Stars" by Tommy Dee with Carol Kay & the Teen-Aires peaked at #11 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, thus just missing making the Top 10 chart...
    And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the ten records that kept it out of the Top 10 were:
    At #1. "Come Softly To Me" by the Fleetwoods
    #2. "The Happy Organ" by Dave 'Baby' Cortez
    #3. "Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)" by the Impalas
    #4. "Pink Shoe Laces" by Dodie Stevens
    #5. "Guitar Boogie Shuffle" by the Virtues
    #6. "(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such As I" by Elvis Presley
    #7. "I Need Your Love Tonight" by Elvis Presley
    #8. "Tell Him No" by Travis and Bob
    #9. "Venus" by Frankie Avalon
    #10. "Turn Me Loose" by Fabian
    The same week that Tommy Dee's "Three Stars" peaked at #11, a covered version by Ruby Wright entered the Top 100 at position #99, it remained on the chart for one week...
    And the following month on June 19th, 1959 Ms. Wright's version peaked at #19 {for 1 week} on the United Kingdom's National Music Express chart...
  • Albert Leichter from Staunton, VaFor those interested in more information on the recording and Tommy Dee's career please see my book (available from Amazon, Brnes & Noble, etc.)-"Tommy Dee, Three Stars Still Shining: The story behind the first tribute song to Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens," ISBN 978-0-9704280-9-7. This book is based on my 1993 interview with Dee and I am the only person who had interviewed Dee since 1959.
  • Aaron from Calhoun, GaEddie's version of this song is as heart-wrenching a record I've ever heard. The still very raw pain from the loss - especially of his good friend Buddy - comes through with every word he speaks or sings. Taking into account Eddie's premonitions of his own death, buying and playing all of Buddy's records in England and saying he'd be with him soon, makes it that much more haunting.
  • Tony from Devon, EnglandWhen Eddie Cochran recorded his version on 5 February, he was so overcome with emotion that he couldn't complete the song in one take. As a result, various sections had to be spliced together for the final version. (According to Jerry Capehart)
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