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LISTEN: Black Keys Cover Buddy Holly!


He’s one of rock’n’roll’s founding fathers, and on June 28 the late Buddy Holly will receive a much-deserved tribute from an impressive collection of today’s hottest music stars, including blues-rock duo the Black Keys, whose cover of the lounge-y love ballad “Dearest” just posted online.

The 19-song LP, Rave On Buddy Holly, also features big-wigs like My Morning Jacket, Florence and the Machine, Cee Lo Green, Paul McCartney, Kid Rock, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Strokes’ singer Julian Casablancas, She & Him, and Fiona Apple.

But of ’em all, no one quite looks the part of Holly — who died at 22 in a Minnesota plane crash with the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens on February 3, 1959, aka The Day the Music Died — like the Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney. It’s uncanny, really — compare and contrast!

LISTEN: The Black Keys, “Dearest”

Rave On Buddy Holly tracklist:
1. The Black Keys, “Dearest”
2. Fiona Apple & Jon Brion, “Every Day”
3. Paul McCartney, “It’s So Easy”
4. Florence and the Machine, “Not Fade Away”
5. Cee Lo Green, “(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care”
6. Karen Elson, “Crying, Waiting, Hoping”
7. Julian Casablancas, “Rave On”
8. Jenny O, “I’m Gonna Love You Too”
9. 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. The Detroit Cobras, “Heartbeat”
17. Lou Reed, “Peggy Sue”
18. John Doe, “Peggy Sue Got Married”
19. Graham Nash, “Raining In My Heart”