Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………..on June 30th of 1957 Buddy Holly records “Peggy Sue”, which will go on to reach #3 on the Billboard chart and #6 in the UK. Holly wrote this about Peggy Sue Gerron, who was dating Holly’s drummer with The Crickets, Jerry Allison. Holly was not involved with Peggy Sue, but liked the name for the song. Allison and Peggy Sue eventually got married, but divorced 11 years later.  At first, Holly was going to call this “Cindy Lou” after his niece. Jerry Allison asked if the name could be changed as a favor to him. It probably wouldn’t be heard outside of Lubbock, Texas anyway and it would really mean some brownie points for Jerry. Buddy had no problem with the name change. This was the first hit credited to Holly without his backing band, The Crickets. The Crickets did play on this, but Holly’s songs were released on one of two labels, Coral Records crediting him as a solo artist and Brunswick with The Crickets. Both labels were owned by Decca Records.”Peggy Sue” has been mentioned in they lyrics to several other songs, including “Splish Splash” by Bobby Darin and “Barbara Ann” by The Regents and later by The Beach Boys. This song was a big influence on Tommy Roe’s 1962 #1 hit “Sheila.” Holly wrote a sequel to this called “Peggy Sue Got Married,” which was released on a compilation album after he died. It inspired the 1986 movie Peggy Sue Got Married starring Kathleen Turner and Nicolas Cage. The song became hugely influential and a rock classic. It is ranked number 194 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2004 list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. It is ranked as the 106th greatest song of all time and the third best song of 1957 by Acclaimed Music. In 1999, National Public Radio (NPR) included the song on the NPR 100, a list of the “100 Most Important American Musical Works of the 20th Century”. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum included the song on its list of the “Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll”.