Oh, Boy! (song)

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Not to be confused with Oh Boy (song).
"Oh, Boy!"
Single by The Crickets
from the album The "Chirping" Crickets
B-side "Not Fade Away"
Released October 27, 1957
December 22, 1957 (UK)
Format 7" single
Recorded June 29 - July 1, 1957, Clovis, New Mexico
Genre Rock and roll
Length 2:10
Label Brunswick Records 9-55035
Writer(s) Sonny West, Bill Tilghman, Norman Petty
Buddy Holly/The Crickets chronology
"Peggy Sue"
"Oh, Boy!"
"Love Me"

"Oh, Boy!" was written by Sonny West, Bill Tilghman and Norman Petty. The song was originally recorded by Sonny West in the late 1950s but failed to achieve any commercial success. It was later recorded by Buddy Holly and the Crickets between June 29 and July 1, 1957, at Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico, with Holly singing lead vocals and The Picks providing backing vocals. The song is in an A-A-B-A format with a 12-bar blues verse and an 8-bar bridge. (Holly also covered another West song, "Rave On".)

The song appeared on the album The "Chirping" Crickets, and was also released as the A-side of a single, with "Not Fade Away" as the B-side. The song peaked at #10 on the US Charts, and #3 on the UK Charts in early 1958. (See 1958 in music for more context.)

Mud version[edit]

"Oh Boy" was covered by British glam rock group Mud. It reached No. 1 for two weeks on the UK Singles Chart in May 1975.[1] It was the band's third and final UK number one. It featured on their album Mud Rock Volume 2, which reached No. 6 in the UK Albums Chart.[2]

Other versions[edit]


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 495. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 382. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "Cover versions of Oh, Boy! by The Crickets". SecondHandSongs. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
Preceded by
"Bye Bye Baby" by Bay City Rollers
UK number one single
Mud version

3 May 1975 for two weeks
Succeeded by
"Stand By Your Man" by Tammy Wynette