Peggy Sue

Album This song officially appears on the One Hand Clapping LP.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2024

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions

Home recordings

Circa 1971-1972

Other Buddy Holly songs interpreted by The Beatles

Words of Love

Officially appears on Beatles For Sale (Mono)

It's So Easy

Officially appears on Holly Days

Raining In My Heart

Unreleased song

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Peggy Sue” is a rock and roll song written by Jerry Allison and Norman Petty (according to the official record, though Buddy Holly is known to be a principal songwriter too), and recorded and released as a single by Buddy Holly on September 20, 1957. The Crickets are not mentioned on label of the single (Coral 9-61885), but band members Joe B. Mauldin (string bass) and Jerry Allison (drums) played on the recording. This recording was also released on Holly’s eponymous 1958 album.


The song was originally entitled “Cindy Lou”, after Holly’s niece, the daughter of his sister Pat Holley Kaiter. The title was later changed to “Peggy Sue” in reference to Peggy Sue Gerron (1940–2018), the girlfriend (and future wife) of Jerry Allison, the drummer for the Crickets, after the couple had temporarily broken up.

In her memoir, Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue?, Gerron stated that she first heard the song at a live performance at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium in 1957, and that she was “so embarrassed, I could have died.”

Appropriately, Allison had 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, Norman Petty. Joe B. Mauldin (string bass) also played on the recording.

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.


“Peggy Sue” went to number three on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1957.

It is ranked number 194 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2004 list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”[citation needed] In 1999, National Public Radio (NPR) included the song on the NPR 100, a list of the “100 Most Important American Musical Works of the 20th Century.” The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum included the song on its list of the “Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.” […]


Last updated on April 18, 2024

Officially appears on

One Hand Clapping

LP • Released in 2024

1:24 • Studio version


Backyard +

Unofficial album

1:26 • Studio rehearsal

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Vocals

Session Recording:
Aug 30, 1974
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

What A Mean Fiddler

Unofficial live • Released in 1992

1:30 • Live • Backyard Tape

Good Times Comin'

Unofficial album • Released in 1994

1:19 • Studio version

Let 'Em Out Vol. 5 - Rehearsals & Outtakes

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

Studio rehearsal • From Wings' last rehearsal, 1981 (concl.)

Sings The Great Rock & Roll Hits - ROOTS

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

1:20 • Soundcheck

Live performances

“Peggy Sue” has been played in 2 concerts.

Latest concerts where Peggy Sue has been played

The Ronnie Wood Show

Jun 25, 2012 • United Kingdom • London • Somethinelse studio • TV show

'Take It Away' promotional video filming

Jun 23, 1982 • United Kingdom • Borehamwood • Elstree Studios


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