Vintage Video: Buddy Holly & the Crickets Sing "That'll Be the Day" (1957)

59 years ago, on February 25, 1957, Buddy Holly entered Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, NM and recorded his song That'll Be the Day for the second time.

Holly wrote the song with drummer Jerry Allison and guitarist Sonny Curtis after they went to the movies and saw the film The Searchers in which star John Wayne uttered the songs title a number of times.

In July 1956, they entered Bradley's Barn in Nashville to record the first version of the song which was issued on the b-side of the single Rock Around With Ollie Vee but, a year later, they decided to record it again with Petty.

Unfortunately, because of contractual obligations and having changed labels, Holly couldn't release the song under his name so Petty credited the record to The Crickets on its release on Brunswick Records. The song was a smash, hitting number 1 in both the U.S. and the U.K. and peaking at 2 on the American R&B tally.

This video is from the December 1, 1957 edition of the Ed Sullivan Show where he performed That'll Be the Day and Peggy Sue. Also appearing on the show were Sam Cooke (You Send Me, For Sentimental Reasons), the Rays (Silhouettes) and Bobby Helms (My Special Angel).


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