Singles Going Steady #3

Lou Giordano: Stay Close to Me b/w Don't Cha Know
(Brunswick 9-55115; 1959)

This single is the last in a trilogy of Buddy Holly-produced releases, in this case it's Holly prodigy Lou Giordano, who appeared on this lone Brunswick Records single in 1959. The A-side is a Holly composition that the Lubbock musician never recorded himself (not even as a demo), which he also plays guitar on. It's a pleasant if unremarkable pop tune, at least in Giordano's hands, but worth a cursory listen. The B-side is more unusual; a goofy novelty number written and produced by Phil Everly, which both Holly and Everly play and sing backup on. Why they deliberately chose to make the backing vocals sound so silly remains a mystery, and it certainly didn't help endear Giordano to the listening public.

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