Everyday (Buddy Holly song)

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"Everyday" single label
Song by Buddy Holly from the album Buddy Holly
Released September 20, 1957[1]
Format Vinyl record
Recorded May 29, 1957
Genre Pop
Length 2:09
Label Coral[1]
Writer(s) Buddy Holly, Norman Petty
Producer(s) Norman Petty, Bob Thiele
Single by John Denver
from the album Aerie
B-side "City of New Orleans"
Released 1972
Label RCA Records
Writer(s) Buddy Holly, Norman Petty
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 of "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 the 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 is an economical 2 minutes and 5 seconds long. It is ranked number 238 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[3]

Cover versions[edit]

1957 sheet music cover, Southern Music Publishing, New York

Tina Robin recorded a version of the song, also for Coral Records, in 1958.[4]

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

John Denver recorded this song for his 1971 album Aerie and released it as a single, which peaked at number 81 on the Billboard pop singles chart and number 21 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1972.[5]

Don McLean recorded this song for his 1973 album Playin' Favorites and released it as a single, which peaked at number 38 in the UK.

The 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, rising to number 3 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in the US on and number 1 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart; it also reached number 61 on the Billboard Pop chart and number 26 on the Billboard Country chart. The song is included on his two-CD career retrospective, The Essential James Taylor, released in 2013.

Don McLean also recorded the song. Erasure recorded it for their 2002 album Other People's Songs. John Denver, the Trashmen and the indie rock band Rogue Wave also recorded it. The 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 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 was included on his album Gunfight at Carnegie Hall in 1974.

Elliott Murphy recorded this song for a French tribute, Every Day Is a Holly Day, in 1989.

In 1990, the British guitarist Peter White recorded it for the album Reveillez-Vous.[6][7]

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

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

The song is also on the 2012 Japanese CD Levi Dexter & Gretsch Brothers, featuring Rockabilly Hall of Fame inductee Levi Dexter.

In 2016, the Canadian singer-songwriter Jordan Paul released a cover of the song on People Zoo Records.

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: "Every day seems a little longer / Every day it's a-gettin' closer".[9]

In film and television[edit]

The song was used in the 1986 film Stand by Me, the 2003 fantasy drama Big Fish, the thriller drama We Need to Talk About Kevin[10] and the 2009 science fiction film Mr. Nobody.

The song is played as the closing credits are shown in the penultimate episode of Mad Men ("The Milk and Honey Route").


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