20 Golden Greats (Buddy Holly & The Crickets album)

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20 Golden Greats
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Greatest hits album by
ReleasedFebruary 17, 1978 (1978-02-17)[1]
GenreRock and roll
ProducerNorman Petty
CompilerJohn Beecher
Buddy Holly chronology
Buddy Holly: A Rock & Roll Collection
20 Golden Greats
The Complete Buddy Holly
The Crickets chronology
A Long Way From Lubbock
20 Golden Greats
The Complete Crickets
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]

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.[3] The album was somewhat less successful in the United States peaking at number 55 on the Billboard 200,[4] but ended up crossing over to the Country Albums chart, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1983.[5] In 2012, it was ranked number 92 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."That'll Be the Day"Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly, Norman PettyThe "Chirping" Crickets2:16
2."Peggy Sue"Allison, Holly, PettyBuddy Holly2:35
3."Words of Love"HollyBuddy Holly2:01
4."Everyday"Charles Hardin, PettyBuddy Holly2:12
5."Not Fade Away"Petty, HardinThe "Chirping" Crickets2:25
6."Oh, Boy!"Petty, Sonny West, Bill TilghmanThe "Chirping" Crickets2:11
7."Maybe Baby"Petty, HollyThe "Chirping" Crickets2:06
8."Listen to Me"Hardin, PettyBuddy Holly2:26
9."Heartbeat"Bob Montgomery, PettyThe Buddy Holly Story2:13
10."Think It Over"Holly, PettyThe Buddy Holly Story1:51
Side 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."It Doesn't Matter Anymore"Paul AnkaThe Buddy Holly Story2:16
2."It's So Easy"Holly, PettyThe Buddy Holly Story2:14
3."Well... All Right"Holly, Allison, Petty, Joe B. MauldinThe Buddy Holly Story Volume II2:18
4."Rave On"West, Tilghman, PettyBuddy Holly1:53
5."Raining in My Heart"Felice and Boudleaux BryantThe Buddy Holly Story2:52
6."True Love Ways"Petty, HollyThe Buddy Holly Story Volume II2:51
7."Peggy Sue Got Married"HollyThe Buddy Holly Story Volume II2:10
8."Bo Diddley"Ellas McDanielReminiscing2:24
9."Brown Eyed Handsome Man"Chuck BerryReminiscing2:07
10."Wishing"Holly, MontgomeryHolly In The Hills2:08

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
Canadian 100 Albums[7] 31
Canadian Country Albums[8] 17
UK Albums Chart[3] 1
US Billboard 200[4] 55
US Country Albums[9] 20
Organization Level Date
BPI – U.K.[1] Silver April 4, 1978
RIAA – U.S.[5] 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


  1. ^ a b c d "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original (ASPX) on 2013-01-11.
  2. ^ allmusic review
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2001). Top Pop Albums 1955-2001. Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research Inc. p. 386. ISBN 0-89820-147-0.
  5. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database" (PHP). Recording Industry Association of America.
  6. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/500-greatest-albums-of-all-time-20120531/buddy-holly-20-golden-greats-20120524
  7. ^ "100 Albums". RPM. 30 (3): 31. October 13, 1978. ISSN 0315-5994. Archived from the original (PHP) on October 23, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2011.
  8. ^ "Country 25 Albums". RPM. 30 (9). November 25, 1978. ISSN 0315-5994. Archived from the original (PHP) on October 23, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2011.
  9. ^ "Buddy Holly: Charts & Awards – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 19, 2011.

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