Grateful Dead – “Not Fade Away” Live
Our Love is Real!
“Not Fade Away” was written by Charles Hardin and Norman Petty. It was originally recorded by The Crickets (Buddy Holly’s band) and released on October 27, 1957 for their self-titled debut album “The “Chirping” Crickets.” There were several versions including that from Grateful Dead. They even performed it for 530 times during concerts and other live shows.
The endless riffing by Jerry as he tore it up on guitar time after time—that’s the astonishing thing, when I listen to concert recordings—to hear the fresh take each time during his solos.
This is probably one of the best cover tunes there is EVER. Though this track has already been picked up by numerous musicians, Grateful Dead’s version is a stand-out. In fact, among their top ten most-played songs, this is ranked at number seven.
The song provided a platform of celebratory rhythm and changes that served as a launch pad for intense, joyous jamming.
From the opening chords to the lyrics, what’s not to like about this song?