Bob Dylan covers Grateful Dead and Buddy Holly

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Bob Dylan covers Grateful Dead and Buddy Holly

In the Dark is the 12th studio album by the Grateful Dead. It was recorded between January 6 and 13, 1987, and originally released on July 6, 1987.

In the Dark was the band’s first album in six years, and its first studio album since 1980’s Go to Heaven. It became unexpectedly popular, achieving double platinum certification in the U.S. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 chart, the Grateful Dead’s only top ten album. It has the great song, West LA fadeaway.

Not Fade Away is a song credited to Buddy Holly (originally under his first and middle names, Charles Hardin) and Norman Petty (although Petty’s co-writing credit is most likely a formality) and first recorded by Holly’s band The Crickets.

It was released in 1957 as the b-side on the single O-boy.

“Buddy Holly was a poet, way ahead of his time.”
– Bob Dylan to Robert Shelton

“I just wanted to say, one time when I was about sixteen or seventeen years old, I went to see Buddy Holly play at the Duluth National Guard Armory (late January, 1959). I was three feet away from him and he looked at me. And I just have some sort of feeling that he was,  I don’t know how or why, but I know he was with us all the time we were making this record, in some kind of way.”
– Bob Dylan (accepting Grammy for Time out of mind)

We have found a very interesting clip from Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, Connecticut, US
Date: Wednesday, 10th November 1999

Bob Dylan (with Phil Lesh guesting) West LA Fadeaway (The Dead) and Not Fade Away (Buddy Holly):

— Hallgeir