Peggy Sue (2:30)

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Peggy Sue is a rock and roll song written by Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison, and Norman Petty, and originally performed, recorded and released as a single by Buddy Holly and the Crickets in early July of 1957. The song was also released on Buddy Holly’s self-titled 1958 album. The song is ranked #194 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The song was originally called “Cindy Lou”, and was named for Buddy’s niece, the daughter of his sister Pat Holley Kaiter. The title was later changed to “Peggy Sue” in reference to Crickets drummer Jerry Allison’s girlfriend (and future wife), Peggy Sue Gerron, with whom he had recently had a temporary breakup.

Appropriately, Allison played a prominent role in the production of the song, playing paradiddles on the drums throughout the song, the drums’ sound rhythmically fading in and out as a result of real-time engineering techniques by the producer, Norm Petty. Many music critics regard this as Holly’s all-time best recording.

The song went to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1957.


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