Saturday, February 19, 2011

Buddy Holly: Peggy Sue

Buddy Holly: 1959
Written by: Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison, and Norman Petty
Recorded: June 29 and July 1, 1957: Clovis, New Mexico
Released: September 20, 1957 (US): November 15, 1957 (UK)
Album: Buddy Holly: February 1958
Label: Coral 61885

Charles Hardin Holley was born to Lawrence Odell and Ella Pauline (nee Drake) Holley on September 7, 1936, in Lubbock, Texas. Holly was always called "Buddy" by his family. When Holly saw Elvis Presley sing in Lubbock in 1955, he began to incorporate a rockabilly style that was similar to Chuck Berry. 

On October 15, 1955, he opened the show for Presley in Lubbock, catching the eye of a Nashville talent scout. Holly became more interested in rock and roll, when he opened for Bill Haley & His Comets at a local show organized by Eddie Crandall. Afterward, Decca Records signed him to a contract in February 1956, misspelling his name as "Holly." That name stuck as his professional stage name.

His career was short-lived, but highly influential, shaping rock music in its infancy. Buddy Holly died in an airplane crash, along with fellow musicians Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, as well as the pilot, Roger Peterson, on February 3, 1959. He was 22.

As Wikipedia says:
Although his success lasted only a year and a half before his death in an airplane crash, Holly is described by critic Bruce Elder as "the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll."[1] His works and innovations inspired and influenced contemporary and later musicians, notably The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton, and exerted a profound influence on popular music.[2] Holly was among the first group of inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.[3] In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Holly #13 among "The Fifty Greatest Artists of All Time".[4]

Here are some liner notes from Wikipedia, about Peggy Sue, which was:
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 2004 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.[1]
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. The song is currently ranked as the 100th greatest song of all time, as well as the third best song of 1957, by Acclaimed Music.[2]
Initially only Allison and Petty were listed as the song's authors. At Allison's insistence, Holly was credited as a co-writer after his death.
Buddy Holly: Album Cover: February 1958. Peggy Sue is the second track on the album.

Peggy Sue
By Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison, and Norman Petty

If you knew Peggy Sue
Then you'd know why I feel blue
About Peggy, 'bout Peggy Sue
Oh well, I love you, gal
Yes, I love you Peggy Sue

Peggy Sue, Peggy Sue
Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, Peggy Sue
Oh, my Peggy, my Peggy Sue
Oh, well, I love you gal
And I need you, Peggy Sue

I love you Peggy Sue
With a love so rare and true
Oh, Peggy, my Peggy Sue
Oh, well, I love you gal
Yes, I want you, Peggy Sue

Peggy Sue, Peggy Sue
Oh how my heart years for you
Oh, Pa-he-ggy, my Pa-he-ggy Sue
Oh, well, I love you gal
And I need you, Peggy Sue
Oh, well, I love you gal
Yes, I want you, Peggy Sue