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That’ll Be the Day

[Jerry Alison / Buddy Holly / Norman Petty]

Sandy Denny, vocals;
Richard Thompson, guitar;
Pat Donaldson, bass;
Gerry Conway, Dave Mattacks (listed as “Maddox”), drums;
Roger Bell, baritone sax;
Ian Whiteman, piano;
Linda Peters, Richard Thompson, Pat Donaldson, backing vocals

Like all songs from the LP Rock On, this track was recorded at The Manor, Oxfordshire in January 1972 and produced by Trevor Lucas. The Bunch was an ad hoc collection of “Fairport family” members who gathered together to record this collection of rock’n’roll songs. Apparently the reason behind the recording was to test the newly-opened Manor Studios.

Fairport later took this song in their live repertoire too. A recording with Sandy Denny and Trevor Lucas from December 1972 at Kingston-upon-Thames Polytechnic was available on the first “official bootleg cassette” The Airing Cupboard Tapes in 1981 and reissued on CD in 2002.


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