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NOT FADE AWAY which is a song title and now a movie “I loved it”

December 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment

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  • 1 Jim Dawson // Dec 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Since Harvey Sid chooses not to “spoil” the ending, I’m almost persuaded to see the movie for that reason alone. Almost. The title phrase, “Not Fade Away,” has always intrigued me. There are a dozen books, mostly about rock music, with that title, and they all come from the famous song, written by Buddy Holly; it was the B-side of the 1958 hit “Oh Boy” by his group The Crickets, and I suspect the odd wording was simply a compression of “Love Will Not Fade Away” to fit on the small 45-rpm label. Nearly everyone has remade the song, most famously The Rolling Stones, though I don’t think anyone has ever topped Holly’s simple version. If I were reviewing this film, it would probably affect my opinion if some character didn’t at least make mention of Holly’s place in the history of the song, especially since it gave the film its title.

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