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"Not Fade Away" is a song credited to Buddy Holly (originally under his first and middle names, Charles Hardin) and Norman Petty (although Petty's co-writing credit is likely to have been a formality) and first recorded by Holly and his band, the Crickets.
|"Not Fade Away"|
|Single by the Crickets|
|from the album The "Chirping" Crickets|
|Released||October 27, 1957|
|Recorded||Clovis, New Mexico, May 27, 1957|
|The Crickets singles chronology|
Holly and the Crickets recorded the song in Clovis, New Mexico, on May 27, 1957, the same day the song "Everyday" was recorded. The rhythmic pattern of "Not Fade Away" is a variant of the legendary Bo Diddley beat, with the second stress occurring on the second rather than third beat of the first measure, which was an update of the "hambone" rhythm, or patted juba from West Africa. Jerry Allison, the drummer for the Crickets, pounded out the beat on a cardboard box. Allison, Holly's best friend, wrote some of the lyrics, though his name never appeared in the songwriting credits. Joe Mauldin played the double bass on this recording. It is likely that the backing vocalists were Holly, Allison, and Niki Sullivan, but this is not known for certain.
"Not Fade Away" was originally released as the B-side of the hit single "Oh, Boy!" and was included on the album The "Chirping" Crickets (1957). The Crickets' recording never charted as a single. In 2004, this song was ranked number 107 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
Along with the familiar take 2 of "Not Fade Away", there exists a take 1, the first verse of which is missing; it has been released with the first part of take 1 spliced into it.
Contrary to the depiction in the film The Buddy Holly Story (1978), "Not Fade Away" was not the last song Holly performed in his final concert, in Clear Lake, Iowa, on February 2, 1959, just before his death in a plane crash. At a symposium held in Clear Lake in observance of the 50th anniversary of his death, in a panel discussion with Tommy Allsup, Carl Bunch, and Bob Hale (the master of ceremonies at Holly's final show), all agreed that the final song of the night was Chuck Berry's "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", performed by all of the acts on the bill.
Buddy Holly and the Crickets
The Rolling Stones versionEdit
|"Not Fade Away"|
|Single by the Rolling Stones|
|Recorded||January 10, 1964|
|Genre||Blues, rock and roll|
|Producer(s)||Andrew Loog Oldham|
|Rolling Stones UK singles chronology|
|Rolling Stones US singles chronology|
The Rolling Stones' version of "Not Fade Away" was one of their first hits. Recorded in January 1964 and released by Decca Records on February 21, 1964, with "Little by Little" as the B-side, it was their first Top 10 hit in the United Kingdom, reaching number three. London Records released the song in the US on March 6, 1964, as the band's first single there, with "I Wanna Be Your Man" as the B-side. The single reached number 48 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It also reached number 44 on the Cash Box pop singles chart in the U.S. and number 33 in Australia based on the Kent Music Report. "Not Fade Away" was not on the UK version of their debut album, The Rolling Stones, but was the opening track of the US version, released a month later as England's Newest Hitmakers. It was a mainstay of the band's concerts in their early years, usually opening the shows. It was revived as the opening song in the band's Voodoo Lounge Tour, in 1994 and 1995.
According to authors Philippe Margotin and Jean-Michel Guesdon, except where noted:
- Mick Jagger – double tracked lead vocal, hand claps, tambourine, maracas[note 1]
- Keith Richards – twelve-string acoustic guitar, lead guitar
- Brian Jones – harmonica
- Bill Wyman – bass
- Charlie Watts – drums
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||33|
|UK Singles (OCC)||3|
|US Billboard Hot 100||48|
|US Cash Box Top 100||44|
|US Record World Top 100||58|
Other cover versionsEdit
- Rush recorded a version of "Not Fade Away" as their debut single in 1973, which peaked at number 88 in Canada. The single was released on the band's own Moon Records label, and is considered a rare collector's item today, as it has never been reissued on any format.
- Stephen Stills recorded a cover of "Not Fade Away" for his 1978 album Thoroughfare Gap the night after seeing The Buddy Holly Story, which he described as "kind of a combination of the Stones version and the original version."
- Tanya Tucker included a funky, rock-and-roll version of "Not Fade Away" on her album, TNT (1978). Tucker's cover of this song peaked at number 70 on the U.S. Billboard pop singles chart in 1979.
- In a July 1964 issue of Rolling Stones Monthly, the Stones' manager and producer Andrew Loog Oldham stated that American producer Phil Spector played maracas on the track. Wyman later disputed this account, suggesting Oldham created the story to increase the song's publicity. While Spector was present at some of the band's sessions, including on 28 January and 4 February 1964, they recorded "Not Fade Away" on 10 January 1964. Both Margotin & Guesdon and authors Andy Babiuk & Greg Prevost write Jagger contributed maracas.
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