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Listen to Me features tributes from Buddy Holly's generation — Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr — and younger artists such as Zooey Deschanel.

Read Buddy Holly At 75: A Tribute To An Unlikely Star

September 7, 2011 – Listen to Me is a pan-generational tribute featuring Natalie Merchant, Ringo Starr and more.

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Buddy Holly onstage in 1958.

Read Buddy Holly: At 75, An Icon Gets A Star-Studded Tribute

July 2, 2011 – A new compilation features Holly songs performed by Paul McCartney, Patti Smith and many others.

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Buddy Holly.

Read 'Rave On Buddy Holly' Pays Tribute To Holly's Soul

June 28, 2011 – A new Buddy Holly tribute collection features Cee Lo Green, Paul McCartney and Lou Reed.

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Clockwise from top: Tinariwen, Lykke Li, Eleanor Friedberger, John Maus.

Read New Mix: Lykke Li, A Fiery Furnace Goes Solo, More

June 22, 2011 – Hear new music from Eleanor Friedberger, Mates of State, Tinariwen and others.

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Rave On Buddy Holly, a tribute to the rock 'n' roll pioneer, features Holly covers by Paul McCartney, The Black Keys, Patti Smith and many more. The album comes out June 28.

Read First Listen: 'Rave On Buddy Holly'

June 19, 2011 – Hear Holly covers by Paul McCartney, Fiona Apple, Cee Lo, The Black Keys, Patti Smith and many more.

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Listen Hear Patti Smith And Her 'Words Of Love' For Buddy Holly

June 13, 2011 – Hear Smith's impassioned contribution to an upcoming tribute album called Rave On Buddy Holly.

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Listen The Lost Promise Of Buddy Holly

March 23, 2009 – Rock historian Ed Ward considers Holly's music and tragic death.

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Listen Buddy Holly: 50 Years After The Music Died

February 3, 2009 – Fifty years after his death in a plane crash at 22, the rock 'n' roll pioneer is still cool.

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Listen Buddy Holly's Little-Known Encore

November 7, 2003 – Hear the story behind Buddy Holly's last recordings, made in his apartment shortly before he died.

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Listen 'Peggy Sue'

December 8, 2000 – Buddy Holly's legendary song "Peggy Sue" didn't start out as a classic at all.

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Listen Buddy Holly's Last Concert

February 3, 1992 – Fans and friends of Buddy Holly remember his last performance in Clear Lake, Iowa.

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Listen The Story Of Buddy Holly

February 3, 1989 – NPR's Rachel Maurer honors the career of Buddy Holly thirty years after his tragic death.

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Listen Buddy Holly: Lubbock's Famous Native Son

May 9, 1983 – Buddy Holly fans gather in Lubbock, Tex., to celebrate the life of the legendary guitarist.

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