Everyday (Buddy Holly song)

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"Everyday" single label
Song by Buddy Holly
from the album Buddy Holly
ReleasedSeptember 20, 1957[1]
FormatVinyl record
RecordedMay 29, 1957
Songwriter(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"
LabelRCA Records
Songwriter(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 knees for percussion and typewriter; Joe B. Mauldin plays a standup acoustic bass;[2] and producer Norman Petty's wife Vi Petty plays the celesta aka celeste (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 ranked number 238 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[3]

Single by James Taylor
from the album That's Why I'm Here
B-side"Limousine Driver"
Songwriter(s)Buddy Holly, Norman Petty
James Taylor singles chronology
"Hard Times"
"Only One"

James Taylor personnel[edit]

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 1985 album "That's Why I'm Here" and his two-CD career retrospective, The Essential James Taylor, released in 2013.

Erasure recorded it for their 2002 album Other People's Songs. 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.

Artistic license[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 2009 romantic film Love Happens, the 2011 thriller drama We Need to Talk About Kevin,[10] the 2009 science fiction film Mr. Nobody, and in the 1997 art film Gummo.

The song is played at the beginning of the eleventh episode of the fourth season of Lost ("Cabin Fever"), as well as during the closing credits of the penultimate episode of Mad Men ("The Milk and Honey Route.")

The song is played in the sixth episode of the third season of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale.

The song is covered in the end credits of the seventh episode of the second season of HBO's Crashing, sung by Fiona Apple.

Also the song is sung in Party of Five season 1 episode 7 by the character Julia, played by actress Neve Campbell


  1. ^ a b Buddy Holly Discography.
  2. ^ Buddy Holly Timeline.
  3. ^ "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. April 7, 2011. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  4. ^ Coral Records 45 Discography.
  5. ^ Everyday. Second Hand Songs.
  6. ^ "Reveillez-Vous Overview". Allmusic.com.
  7. ^ "Rambles:various artists, The Love Project". Rambles.net.
  8. ^ "Mistakes & Difficulties: Everyday vs Every day". June 11, 2015.
  9. ^ "Everyday lyrics". CBS Interactive. June 11, 2015.
  10. ^ "We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) - Soundtracks". IMDb.

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