crickets

crickets

Patrick Smith - Peggy Sue

3mo ago
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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 in early July of 1957. The Crickets are not mentioned on the single (Coral 9-61885)[1] but both Joe B. Mauldin (string bass) and Jerry Allison (drums) are known to be featured on the recording.[2] 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.[3] 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.[citation needed] The song went to #3 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1957. The song is currently ranked as the 106th greatest song of all time, as well as the third best song of 1957, by Acclaimed Music.[4] Initially only Allison and Petty were listed as the song's authors.[1] At Allison's insistence, Holly was credited as a co-writer after his death. In 1999, National Public Radio (NPR) included "Peggy Sue" on the NPR 100, a list of "The 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century".[5] The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.[6] Lyric: 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