by Robert Wilkinson
Since it’s Buddy’s birthday, his attitude was out there for all to see, and that’s our Saturday Night Attitude tonight!
When we hear how “big” someone’s love is, we have all kinds of things we can compare it to. But back in 1957, we were told “My love is bigger than a Cadillac,” set to a beat that guaranteed we’d hit the dance floor. Now that’s attitude!
At the time there was no “bigger” car than a Caddie. It was the symbol of the biggest and best there was. If your love was “bigger than a Cadillac,” you were laying it all out there for all the world to see. So tonight, for your dancing enjoyment, our Saturday Night Attitude dance tune, the stompin’
Fast forward to 1964, and the Rolling Stones hit gold doing our Attitude number. For the next offering of the tune, we have the Rolling Stones live on the Mike Douglas Show grinding out “Not Fade Away”
For those that want to do some dancing, I found the entire Mike Douglas Show with the Stones doing 4 songs, all of which rock! Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, and Willie Dixon/Muddy Waters performed by the early Rolling Stones – What’s not to like?
Here’s a special treat! If you don’t know who Joe Ely is, well, he’s a rocker from Lubbock, Buddy’s home town. And his live shows go electric! For your enjoyment, Joe Ely cranking out “Not Fade Away”
From 2011, here’s the studio album version by Stevie Nicks (with some amazing slide work) of “Not Fade Away”
This is lo-fi and a solo, but Jack White has attitude! Here he is on video, live in Austin in 2011, performing “Not Fade Away”
We keep the dancing going with more Buddy!
Here’s original video footage from 1957 of Buddy and the Crickets live on the Arthur Murray Dance show performing “Peggy Sue”
Here’s something you might dance to, or just tap along with. The lyrics have as much attitude as any song ever written. “Well All Right”
Buddy wore his attitude all over this one, and pissed Ed Sullivan royally! Here's Buddy and the Crickets live on video rocking in 1958 on a tune written by the great Sonny West and Bill Tilghman, "Oh Boy"
Buddy Live in London 1958 performing “Oh Boy”
Here’s another tune written by Sonny West and Bill Tilghman that was one of Buddy’s last hits while he was alive. “Dance the “bop” with attitude! “Rave On”
Speaking of boppin’, here’s Buddy ripping out a Lieber-Stoller dance number made famous by Elvis! “You’re So Square – Baby I Don’t Care”
Before we get back to “Not Fade Away,” we’ll close with Buddy doing one of Chuck Berry’s best! A great dance number and a rocking beat with an attitude, here’s “Brown Eyed Handsome Man”
We’ll close this Saturday Night Attitude dance with the song that brought us here! Our next offering comes in an infinitely danceable 11 min 27 sec live audio-only clip from 1973 by the Grateful Dead with Dickey Betts sitting in and showing us all why he's DA MAN in the Allman Brothers, cranking out a great performance of “Not Fade Away”
For the encore and your dancing enjoyment, the Grateful Dead will close the show rocking strong on video for 10 minutes in 1989 doing our Attitude number, “Not Fade Away”
”My love is bigger than a Cadillac.”
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