Peggy Sue (2:31)

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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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If you knew Peggy Sue
Then you'd know why I feel blue
Without Peggy, my Peggy Sue
Oh well, I love you gal, yes, I love you Peggy Sue

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  • singletonman

    What a great song to go back to. Thanks LFM. Fantastic rhythm

    16 Jan 12:04am Reply
  • Taiteki

    Man, with a song this good, I can't help but wonder what other hits he could have generated had that fateful night not come about. He went too young.

    28 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Jimpy1707

    The first punk rocker. What a man and what a song!

    15 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Infamme

    totally Buddy Holly

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Schwedenfan22

    was für eine tolle wilde Zeit das gewesen ist.... klasse Song

    3 Dec 2012 Reply
  • TallicLizzy

    Great song. Those drums, man. O___O

    2 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Stilf


    8 Sep 2012 Reply
  • bicknor

    Peggy Sue, originally meant to be Lindy Lou, got married later on. So Buddy wrote a song about that as well.....................

    22 Aug 2012 Reply
  • bravour

    die Füsse stehen nicht still

    6 Jul 2012 Reply
  • callmesthick

    wow memory rush!!:-)

    8 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Roy1968Wood

    Buddy Holly showed how the Stratocaster should be used in rock and roll in 1957

    5 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Lajon_

    pretty pretty pretty pretty :)

    4 Mar 2012 Reply
  • lastinglove

    ♥ Always a pleasure.

    2 Mar 2012 Reply
  • johnny70s

    Love this song from Buddy plus the later one when '' Peggy Sue got married ''.

    21 Feb 2012 Reply
  • TommyWommy97

    615,000th Listener :D

    16 Feb 2012 Reply
  • chingbling

    Love the one track sound backing and, Buddy of course. I think the rythm was done on a cardboard box and added later.

    15 Feb 2012 Reply
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  • SayonaraKansas

    V ... I kinda lol'd. At the cat part of course, the part about this being a fantastic song is absolutely true!

    27 Dec 2011 Reply
  • BlueOclock

    Did you know that he wrote this song about his cat? That's a lie of course, but nevertheless it's still one of the greatest songs from the 50's (or any other decade for that matter)!

    17 Dec 2011 Reply
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