500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Buddy Holly, 'Peggy Sue'

197. Buddy Holly, 'Peggy Sue'

Writers: Jerry Allison, Holly, Norman Petty
Producer: Petty
Released: Sept. '57, Coral
22 weeks; No. 3

When the Crickets first played a new song called "Cindy Lou," Allison's snare drum was so loud that Petty told him to play in the studio's reception area. To placate his exiled drummer, Holly changed the title to "Peggy Sue," after Allison's girlfriend.

Appears on: Greatest Hits (MCA)


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