Out now in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Buddy Holly's death on February 3rd, 1959 is Buddy Holly With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: True Love Ways. The collection, which comes on the heels of similar sets by the Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, and Aretha Franklin, features a dozen of Buddy Holly's classic hits utilizing his original vocals with newly overdubbed backing tracks. The album is available now digitally and for pre-order on CD and two-LP vinyl.
Buddy's widow, Maria Elena Holly, said of the new collection, “60 years on, this wonderful album relights the flame, the songs and the music shines brightly again. I am proud for Buddy, his legacy continues to influence and inspire. The music lives on. Buddy felt orchestral music in a popular vein was where the future lay, so he wanted to write, record, explore and innovate that style. So what better combination than the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Buddy’s music. It’s just beautiful.”
Buddy's older brother, Larry Holley added: “This is what Buddy would’ve wanted done.”
The tracklisting for Buddy Holly With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: True Love Ways is: “True Love Ways,” “It Doesn't Matter Anymore,” “Everyday,” “Heartbeat,” “Raining In My Heart,” “Oh Boy!,” “Rave On,” “Words Of Love,” “That'll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Moondreams,” and “Maybe Baby.”
Buddy Holly's hit singles and album tracks, both with and without his backing band the Crickets, inspired a generation of acts including Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Searchers, the Who, the Hollies, who named themselves in tribute to him, and most importantly, the Beatles.
Keith Richards recalled that Buddy Holly was the prototype for the rock musician who could write, record, and perform their own material: “The beauty of Buddy's thing to me is the self-containedness of it all. He didn't need anybody else, he didn't need, y'know, songs, but just put it all together. He had a great band — God knows how he got it together, but he was the first one to do it. I mean, until the Beatles turned up and Bob Dylan, who strengthened, y'know, writing your own material, nobody was in that position — Elvis (Presley) hardly wrote a song in his life. Jerry Lee Lewis has written one, all the other guys didn't do it. And it was in that respect, Buddy was streets ahead of his time.”