In the past, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has nominated and admitted various frontmen -- Buddy Holly, Smokey Robinson and Gene Vincent, for instance -- without so much as a thought about their backing bands.
Ringo Starr will release his 17th solo album, Ringo 2012, January 31 in the US (January 30 elsewhere) on HIP-O/UMe Records. The album title is a reference to Ringo, his best-selling album, which was released in 1973 and featured all three other Beatles.
September 7, 2011, marks the 75th birthday of music icon Buddy Holly, and to celebrate Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group—the team behind the star-studded, best-selling Rave On Buddy Holly tribute compilation—is partnering with GuitarWorld.com to give away a Fender Classic Series Fifties Stratocaster, a guitar that epitomizes the vibe of the Fifties.
Head to NPR.org today for the First Listen full-album stream of Rave On Buddy Holly, a Buddy Holly tribute album featuring tracks by Paul McCartney, My Morning Jacket, Fiona Apple, Cee Lo Green, The Black Keys, Florence + The Machine, She & Him, Modest Mouse, Julian Casablancas, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Nick Lowe and more.