Everyday (Buddy Holly song)

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"Everyday" 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 celesta (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 #238 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[3]

Cover versions[edit]

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

In 1958, Tina Robin, also with the Coral Records label, recorded a version of the song.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6][7]

In 2011 Fiona Apple recorded a cover version for the Buddy Holly tribute album Rave On Buddy Holly.

In 2011 Patrick Stump contributed a cover version for the Buddy Holly tribute album, Listen to Me: Buddy Holly.

The song can also be found on the 2012 Japanese CD Levi Dexter & Gretsch Brothers, 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.

Ungrammatical usage[edit]

The word "everyday" is an adjective (meaning commonplace, ordinary, or normal), whereas in the context of the song the phrase "every day (meaning each day)[8] is clearly meant, i.e., "Every day (as corrected, meaning each day) seems a little longer," "Every day (as corrected, meaning each day) it's a gettin' closer," etc.[9]


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