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Boomer Anthems: The Rolling Stones cover Buddy Holly’s Not Fade Away “I wanna tell you how it’s gonna be…”

“How long has the long hair been fashionable in England?”

Early Rolling Stones. VERY early.  The long lead-in is worth it for the cultural anthropology alone.

My love a-bigger than a Cadillac
I try to show it and you drive a-me back
Your love for me a-got to be real
For you to know just how I feel
A love for real not fade away
A love that’s love – not fade away
A well, a-love that’s love – not fade away

Meanwhile, sixty-plus years after Buddy Holly cut it, the song is still kicking it on Austin City Limits

[Note: On this version, it is permissible to go full-screen, crank up the volume, and get jiggy with it. We’re looking at you Hangtown Bob and Peg, two for whom “love is love and not fade away.”]

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  • Bob Sykes July 11, 2017, 3:10 PM

    Thank you. One of the anthems of my youth. Oddly now, then I was an unaware nerd.

  • My Shari'a Moor July 13, 2017, 11:40 PM

    Written & performed by Lubbock’s own Buddy Holly & the Crickets!
    Today, only J.I. (drums) remains to tell the tale.

  • robert jones July 14, 2017, 4:37 PM

    Wasn’t JI’s nickname Joe ‘Bias’ ? Joe used to ask Buddy to ‘Buy us a Coke’, ‘Buy us some lunch’