Oh Boy! – Buddy Holly and The Crickets

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………on February 3rd of 1959 it was for many, “the day the music died”, when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper were all killed. Their plane took off a little after 1 AM from Clear Lake, Iowa, when a cold North-East wind gave way to a blinding snow storm which drastically reduced visibility. Encased in a sea of snow with only white below, pilot Roger Peterson seemed to become disoriented and flew the plane into the ground. One wing hit the frozen earth and the small plane tumbled over and over, killing the three musicians and the plane’s young pilot. Here from an appearance on Ed Sullivan on January 26th, 1958 Holly and The Crickets perform “Oh Boy!”. This was recorded June 29-July 1, 1957 at Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico. Background vocals were added later by The Picks (Bill & John Pickering, Bob Lapham). Written by Sunny West, Bill Tilghman and Norman Petty. Petty was Holly’s producer and owned the studio where this was recorded. This was released as a single with “Not Fade Away” as the B-side. While this song did fade away, the B-side has become one of Holly’s well known songs. It got a boost when it was covered by The Rolling Stones in 1964. “Oh Boy!” went on to reach #10 in the US and #3 in the UK.