Buddy Holly's been dead 52 years. He died at 22 in a plane crash described "as the night the music died" by singer Don McLean in his classic-rock anthem "American Pie."

Though his recording career lasted only three years, Holly's influence and song catalogue helped define rock and roll. On this new tribute album, you can hear Holly's rock influence best as interpreted by Paul McCartney's channeling of the early Beatles sound on a memorable cover of "It's So Easy."

There are 19 Holly songs in this collection, and for someone who is familiar with the original Holly versions, it is a treat to hear them reworked by pop artists old and new including Kid Rock.