20 Golden Greats (Buddy Holly & The Crickets album)

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20 Golden Greats
Greatest hits album by Buddy Holly & the Crickets
Released February 17, 1978 (1978-02-17)[1]
Recorded 1956–1958
Genre Rock
Length 45:16
Label EMI
Producer Norman Petty
Compiler John Beecher
Buddy Holly & the Crickets chronology
Buddy Holly: A Rock & Roll Collection
(1972)
20 Golden Greats
(1978)
The Complete Buddy Holly
(1979)

20 Golden Greats (also known as Buddy Holly Lives) is a greatest hits album by American Buddy Holly & the Crickets first released in the United Kingdom by EMI on February 17, 1978.[1] The songs on the UK release were licensed to EMI by MCA Records, who released the album in North America. The album is now out of print.

The album became an instant success in the UK, being certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry two months after the album's release[1] and topping the UK Albums Chart for three weeks. It was also Buddy Holly's first number 1 album on the chart.[2] The album was somewhat less successful in the United States peaking at number 55 on the Billboard 200,[3] but ended up crossing over to the Country Albums chart, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1983.[4] In 2012, it was ranked number 92 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "That'll Be the Day"   Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly, Norman Petty 2:16
2. "Peggy Sue"   Allison, Holly, Petty 2:35
3. "Words of Love"   Holly 2:01
4. "Everyday"   Charles Hardin, Petty 2:12
5. "Not Fade Away"   Petty, Hardin 2:25
6. "Oh, Boy!"   Petty, Sonny West, Bill Tilghman 2:11
7. "Maybe Baby"   Petty, Holly 2:06
8. "Listen to Me"   Hardin, Petty 3:26
9. "Heartbeat"   Bob Montgomery, Petty 2:13
10. "Think It Over"   Holly, Petty 2:50
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "It Doesn't Matter Anymore"   Paul Anka 2:16
2. "It's So Easy"   Holly, Petty 2:14
3. "Well... All Right"   Holly, Allison, Petty, Joe B. Mauldin 2:18
4. "Rave On"   West, Tilghman, Petty 1:53
5. "Raining in My Heart"   Felice and Boudleaux Bryant 2:52
6. "True Love Ways"   Petty, Holly 2:51
7. "Peggy Sue Got Married"   Holly 2:10
8. "Bo Diddley"   Ellas McDaniel 2:24
9. "Brown Eyed Handsome Man"   Chuck Berry 2:07
10. "Wishing"   Holly, Montgomery 2:08

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
Canadian 100 Albums[6] 31
Canadian Country Albums[7] 17
UK Albums Chart[2] 1
US Billboard 200[3] 55
US Country Albums[8] 20
Organization Level Date
BPI – U.K.[1] Silver April 4, 1978
Gold
Platinum
RIAA – U.S.[4] Gold November 14, 1983

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom February 17, 1978 EMI LP EMTV 8
North America 1978 MCA LP MCA-3040
Cassette MCAC-3040
8-track MCAT-3040

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Certified Awards Search" (ASPX). British Phonographic Industry. 
  2. ^ a b Warwick, Neil; Jon Kutner, Tony Brown (2004). The Complete Book of the British Charts: Singles & Albums, Third Edition. London: Omnibus Press. pp. 31, 516. ISBN 1-84449-058-0. 
  3. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2001). Top Pop Albums 1955-2001. Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research Inc. p. 386. ISBN 0-89820-147-0. 
  4. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database" (PHP). Recording Industry Association of America. 
  5. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/500-greatest-albums-of-all-time-20120531/buddy-holly-20-golden-greats-20120524
  6. ^ "100 Albums" (PHP). RPM 30 (3): p. 31. October 13, 1978. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Country 25 Albums" (PHP). RPM 30 (9). November 25, 1978. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Buddy Holly: Charts & Awards – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
Preceded by
The Album by ABBA
UK Albums Chart number-one album
March 25 – April 14, 1978
Succeeded by
20 Golden Greats by Nat King Cole