Peggy Sue Got Married (song)

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"Peggy Sue Got Married"
Single by Buddy Holly
B-side "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" (Holly)
Released July 20, 1959 (USA)
August 28, 1959 (UK)
Format 7" 45 rpm
Recorded 1958, New York
Genre Rock and roll
Length 2:04
Label Coral C62134 (USA)
Coral Q72376 (UK)
Writer(s) Buddy Holly
Producer(s) Jack Hansen
Buddy Holly singles chronology
"It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
"Peggy Sue Got Married"
"True Love Ways"

"Peggy Sue Got Married" is a song written and sung by Buddy Holly. It was posthumously released in 1959 as a 45-rpm single with "Crying, Waiting, Hoping". It refers to his song hit "Peggy Sue". It was one of the first sequels of the rock era.[1]


Buddy Holly recorded the vocal, accompanying himself on guitar, on December 8, 1958 in apartment 4H of "The Brevoort", Fifth Avenue, Studio musicians recorded backup vocals and instrumentals on June 30, 1959 at Coral Records' Studio A in New York City. An alternate version of the song, with new instrumentals but without backup singers, was recorded in 1964.

For details about the studio recording sessions and overdubs, see the Wikipedia entry for "Crying, Waiting, Hoping".

Other recordings[edit]

The Crickets recorded their own version after Buddy Holly's death in 1959.[2] David Box, a native of Lubbock, Texas, and a near identical Buddy Holly soundalike joined the group as lead vocalist for this version of "Peggy Sue Got Married" which was released in the United States as the B-side of Coral 62238 in 1960. The Crickets had decided to use the original arrangements they had used for "Peggy Sue" with the only change being David Box on lead vocal.[3]

Buddy Holly's original, undubbed home recording was used as theme music in the film Peggy Sue Got Married.[4]

"Peggy Sue Got Married"
Single by The Crickets
A-side "Dont Cha Know" (Box, Hall)
B-side "Peggy Sue Got Married" (Holly)
Released Late 1960 (USA)
1960 (UK)
Format 7" 45 rpm
Recorded 1960, Los Angeles, CA.
Length 1:32
Label Coral 62238 (USA)
Coral Q72417 (UK)
Writer(s) Buddy Holly
The Crickets singles chronology
"More Than I Can Say"
"Peggy Sue Got Married"
"I'm Feeling Better"



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