13 versions out of the 116 extant! We line 'em up chronologically, starting with 1957 Holly, and end with The Crickets in 2004, with rock, country, blues, and power pop checkin' in!
Geez Brad, how do you do that? Seriously, I doubt I will ever even get to even listen to most of these, let alone write a post about 13 recordingsm, but (FOG) hats off! Interesting bit of synchronicity: In my upcoming installment on Carol Kaye, I include a bit on Ritchie Valens, who of course died with Buddy Holly in that plane crash.
Every year we rocked to "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" at the Golden Bough Theater in Carmel, CA, starring Travis Poelle as Buddy and Davitt Felder as Ritchie Valens and Scott Free as The Big Bopper. Tapping my toes just thinking about it. Thanks for the memories!
Now I’m just about convinced you have a twin. 13 cover versions explored and dissected? That would have taken me a month to put together and you do it in between sips of green tea and bites of maple scone in an afternoon at Panera.
Here’s my recent connection to your story....I saw the great Australian garage rock band Hoodoo Gurus performing in concert last week (they’ve been around 42 years now!).
It was an amazing show and for the encore they invite Cyril Jordan of Flamin’ Groovies and Lenny Kaye to the stage for an all star version of “Shake Some Action.” I videotaped it and will share the link with you when I upload it.
I just finished listening to all 116 versions, and I like Foghat's the best. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Greg Ladanyi - and there’s the Jackson Browne connection - I was in fear there wouldn’t be one.....
Great post, Brad!!
116 versions? I probably wouldn't like any of them, though the blues one sounds interesting. Do you remember the David Essex film?