Welcome to my best Buddy Holly songs page where you'll find a collection of demo covers and full lesson tutorials available for purchase along with several free chord sheets in .pdf format. Help yourself to the free chord sheets where available.
Buddy Holly co-wrote this song with producer Norman Petty and was recorded with his band The Crickets in May of 1957 as a B-side to the single Peggy Sue. John Denver, Bobby Vee and Don MccLean have their own versions of this song.
After the death of Buddy Holly, a guy named Sonny Curtis joined The Crickets and he brought along a song he wrote called I Fought The Law. The song was a B-side song to a single called A Sweet Love. Neither song got any airplay in 1959. Years later in 1966 The Bobby Fuller Four band recorded the song and had a national hit. So Buddy Holly never actually sang this song.
Paul Anka actually wrote this song for Buddy Holly and he recorded it in Oct 1958. After Holly's death in Feb 1959, the song went on to reach #13 in the US and became the first #1 hit for a deceased singer in the UK. Anka has donated all the royalties of the song from Holly's recording and other artists who've recorded the song to the family of Buddy Holly. Now that's class.
Jerry Allison, who was the drummer for The Crickets, wrote this song during a breakup with this girlfriend Peggy Sue. The song was originally called Cindy Lou, but it was changed to Peggy Sue much to her embarrassment as she later recalled . The song was a #3 hit for Buddy Holly.
This song was one of 4 songs that were the last to be recorded by Holly in his final recording session. The song was not released until 1960 and peaked at #25 in the UK and has become one of those best Buddy Holly songs for the acoustic.
Buddy Holly actually had his first hit with this song that he wrote, but the hit came not from his recorded version but from The Diamonds version in May of 1957. The Beatles also recorded a version in 1964.
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