Rave On Buddy Holly: Black Keys, Fiona Apple & Cee-Lo Pay Tribute

Star-studded tribute album to the '50s pop hero arriving this June.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud


Johnny Cash may be the ultimate in cool, and Elvis may be the schticky fun homage, but few genuine tributes ever seem to surface for pop legend Buddy Holly. Thankfully, that's all about to change.


One of the most influential and iconic figures in rock history, will be properly honored with an all-star release called Rave On Buddy Holly, a 19-track covers record featuring Holly classics performed by Paul McCartney, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Julian Casablancas (of the Strokes), the Black Keys, Cee-Lo, and Fiona Apple, the reclusive chanteuse who masters the cover so well, among others. 


Holly’s tragically brief life of 22 years was cut short on Feb 3, 1959, when he died in a place crash alongside fellow stars Ritchie Valens and JP "Big Bopper" Richardson. On June 28, Fantasy Records and Concord Music Group will release the covers album that celebrates the monumentally significant musician's too-short career.


McCartney in particular has paid significant tribute to his teen idol, over the years, performing Holly songs ever since the Beatles’ 1964 album Beatles for Sale included a take on “Words of Love.” Additionally, McCartney produced, hosted, and starred in a 1985 documentary called The Real Buddy Holly Story.


Rave On Buddy Holly Tracklist:


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 (Produced by Jack White) – “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”