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One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded: “Rave On” by Buddy Holly!!!

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For as long as I’ve been on the radio, and definitely for as long as I’ve been writing a blog, I will occasionally make a reference to a song being “One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded!” (GSER)

I would usually follow that by saying that I would eventually start a category for it, but then never get around to it.

Well, now I’m getting around to it!

It will pretty much follow the pattern of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.

I’ll select a song to celebrate and then give my thoughts about it. Nothing really brand new here that hasn’t been done before. But since I have a website, I can collect them and lay out what my own greatest songs are.

My radio show, “Prime Time Theme Attic,”  is on Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET but is on hiatus because of the pandemic.

Even though I always emphasize new music and artists, it’s always fun to take a short drive through the legendary artists, since they influenced those other artists!

But a song doesn’t have to be old or done by a legendary Theme Attic Hall of Fame member to be thus honored.

I can think of several songs that are only a few years old or less that I could identify as One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded.

This will be fun, and hopefully you will join me on my journey…at least sometimes!

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I’ve only gone through a few phases in my musical education, but I went through a Buddy Holly one twice!

When I use the word “phase,” I mean listening primarily to one artist for an extended length of time.

As a child, it was pretty easy to like Buddy Holly: His music was simple, melodic, and catchy. He also had an easy name to remember.

However, Buddy‘s career was before I was aware of music, so I first learned about him and his untimely death through The Beatles and oldies stations.

And he certainly was an influence on The Beatles. For the most part at that time, it was very rare for an artist to write their own music. But John Lennon and Paul McCartney knew that Holly wrote his own and was successful, and that was what they wanted, too.

The first single they recorded as The Quarrymen was “That’ll Be the Day,” a Buddy tune.

McCartney liked him so much he even bought his catalog and made a documentary, “The Real Buddy Holly Story.”

As far as my own personal discovery, I learned my wife was a Holly fan when I first started going out with her. That alone made me focus more attention on him.

In the late 80s and early 90s, I realized that I really only knew the songs that were released as Greatest Hits packages. It dawned on me that I really didn’t know his back catalog.

I eventually bought a vinyl Complete Collection and easily got hooked on it for quite a while.

“Rave On,” one of Buddy’s signature songs, surprisingly, was not written by him but by Sonny West, Bill Tightman, and Buddy’s Texas producer, Norman Petty.

From it’s hiccupy vocal intro to its final fading notes at 1:53, the song moves at a fast pace that includes a yearning chorus with great backup vocals, plenty of starts, stops, and accents, and a super piano solo!

It’s my favorite song by Buddy Holly!

One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded is “Rave On” by Buddy Holly!!!

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