Buddy Holly and Peggy Sue, 1957.
Although Buddy Holly‘s success lasted only a year and a half before his death in an airplane crash (The Day The Music Died sang Don McLean), he was described as “the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll“. He influenced later musicians as The Beatles (“The Quarrymen” when they recorded Holly’s song That’ll be the day), Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton…
Initially, he was influenced by bluegrass and he played on high school shows. Later on he formed The Crickets, as Holly saw Elvis Presley sing in Lubbock in 1955, and began to incorporate a rockabilly style, similar to the Sun Records sound, which had a strong rhythm acoustic and slap bass.
Holly made rock and roll, with its roots in rockabilly country music and blues-inspired rhythm and blues music, more popular among a broad white audience. Holly sometimes played with musicians Little Richard and Chuck Berry, and incorporated the Bo Diddley beat in several songs. Actually, he got into rock and roll scene when he opened for Bill Haley at a concert.
Among his hits, we can find That’ll be the day (mentioned before), Slippin’ and Slidin’, Words of love… But probably his most important hit was Peggy Sue.
Peggy Sue was released as a single by Buddy Holly in 1957. This was the first hit credited to Holly without his backing band, The Crickets. The song was originally called Cindy Lou and was named for Buddy’s niece. The title was later changed to Peggy Sue in reference to Crickets drummers girlfriend as he asked if the name could be changed as a favor to him.
In my opinion, I find this song a little repetitive but so “hypnotic“, you start singing it along even if you don’t want to. Also it’s kind of funny and easy to listen. In Spain, my country, not many people know about this talented artist. But even the people who don’t know this Holly’s hit would find it catchy.
The song was a hit, catapulting to number three on Billboard’s pop charts in late 1957 / early 1958. Peggy Sue continues to resonate, as it has been covered by a multitude of artists from the Beach Boys to John Lennon.
For more info about Buddy Holly visit: http://www.biography.com/people/buddy-holly-9342186/videos/buddy-holly-rock-and-roll-legend-14288963710
The Beach Boys cover: