Everyday (Buddy Holly song)

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"Everday" single label
Song by Buddy Holly
Released September 20, 1957[1]
Format Vinyl record
Recorded May 29, 1957
Genre Pop
Length 2:09
Label Coral[1]
Writer Buddy Holly, Norman Petty
Producer Norman Petty, Bob Thiele
Single by John Denver
from the album Aerie
B-side "City of New Orleans"
Released 1972
Label RCA Records
Producer(s) Milton Okun
John Denver singles chronology
"Friends With You"
"Goodbye Again"

"Everyday" is a song written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty, recorded by Buddy Holly and the Crickets on May 29, 1957 and released on September 20, 1957 as the B-side to "Peggy Sue". On the original single the Crickets are not mentioned, but it is known that Holly plays acoustic guitar; drummer Jerry Allison slaps his hands on his lap for percussion; Joe B. Mauldin plays a standup acoustic bass;[2] and producer Norman Petty's wife, Vi, plays the celeste (a keyboard instrument with a glockenspiel-like tone, used in such classical pieces as "Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy" from The Nutcracker). The song length is an economical 2 minutes and 5 seconds. The song is ranked #236 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Cover versions[edit]

In 1958, Tina Robin, also with the Coral Records label, recorded a version of the song.[3]

In 1960, Bobby Vee released a version as the B-side to his hit, "Rubber Ball".

John Denver recorded this song on his 1971 album Aerie and released the song as a single which peaked at no. 81 on the Billboard pop singles chart and no. 21 on the AC chart in 1972.[4]

Don McLean recorded this song on his 1973 album Playin' Favorites and released it as a single which peaked at no. 38 in the UK. English teen pop singer Nikki Richards recorded the song as the B-side of his first single in 1978.

A version recorded by James Taylor was released in 1985, becoming a no. 3 AC hit in the US on Billboard and no. 1 on the Canadian AC chart, and performing moderately well on the Pop and Country charts, reaching no. 61 and no. 26 respectively on Billboard. Don McLean also recorded the song as did Erasure on their 2002 album Other People's Songs. John Denver and The Trashmen have also recorded it, as did indie rock band Rogue Wave. Rock band Pearl Jam performed a rendition live in Lubbock, Texas (Holly's birthplace); it has also been performed live by Deep Purple. A version was also recorded by hellogoodbye and released on their 2008 EP, Ukulele recordings. Phil Ochs used a portion of the song as part of his 'Buddy Holly Medley' which appeared on 1974's Gunfight at Carnegie Hall LP.

Elliott Murphy recorded this song for a French tribute in 1989 : Every Day is a Holly Day.

In 1990, British guitarist Peter White's recording was released on the album Reveillez-Vous.[5][6]

Patrick Stump has recently contributed a cover version for the Buddy Holly tribute album, Listen to Me: Buddy Holly (2011).

The song can also be found on the Japanese CD "Levi Dexter & Gretsch Brothers" released in 2012 featuring Rockabilly Hall Of Fame inductee Levi Dexter.

The song appears on the 2013 Legacy 2 CD James Taylor career retrospective The Essential James Taylor.

1957 sheet music cover, Nor Va Jak Music, New York.

In popular culture[edit]

The song featured in television commercials for Persil, an AT&T BlackBerry,[7] Target stores, and Airborne Everyday. It was also heard in Episode 11, Season 4 of the television show "Lost," in the 2010 Belgian film Mr. Nobody, the 1986 film Stand by Me, and in the 1997 film Gummo directed by Harmony Korine. The song is also featured in the Tim Burton directed film Big Fish, Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin,and Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado's Israeli film "Big Bad Wolves"

The song can also be heard in the television show Family Guy, in episode 15 of the 7th season. Recently, History Channel's latest promotion for the Top Gear (America Edition) debut also featured the song, covered by Mike Del Rio. The song has also been featured in episode 4, series 3 of the British sitcom How Not to Live Your Life. A melody very similar to "Everyday" can be heard in season 2 of Two and a Half Men television show episode "The Salmon Under My Sweater" when the character portrayed by Charlie Sheen sings a theme song for fictional anime named Oshikuru: Demon Samurai.


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