It's So Easy!" is a rock-and-roll song written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty. It was originally released as a single in 1958 by the Crickets but failed to chart. It was the final release by the Crickets when Holly was still in the band.
A cover version of by
Linda Ronstadt in 1977 was a Top Five hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Crickets version [ edit ]
Background [ edit ]
The song was recorded by Holly and the Crickets from June to August 1958 at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico.
Holly lip-synched to recordings of "It's So Easy!" and his song
"Heartbeat" on the television program on October 28, 1958.
The Crickets recorded "It's So Easy!" for
Brunswick Records, which released it as a 45-rpm single in 1958. It did not chart. The B-side was "Lonesome Tears". Tommy Allsup played the lead guitar parts on both recordings.
Linda Ronstadt version [ edit ]
Background [ edit ]
Linda Ronstadt recorded "It's So Easy" in 1977 for her album , produced by Simple Dreams Peter Asher. Her recording was released as a single by Asylum Records in the autumn of that year. It hit the Top Five simultaneously with her recording of " Billboard Blue Bayou". It also reached #9 in Canada and #11 in the United Kingdom.  Ronstadt's version was used in the 2005 film  .
Chart performance [ edit ]
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Billboard Hot 100
Other versions [ edit ]
Bobby Vee, the Astronauts, Skeeter Davis, the Trashmen, Connie Francis, Hank Marvin, Mike Berry and the Outlaws, P.J. Proby, and Chris Spedding recorded cover versions of the song.
The Beatles performed the song at the 1969 sessions. Let It Be
Denny Laine released it as a 45-rpm single (EMI 2523), produced by Paul McCartney, in 1976.
Gary Busey performed the song in the 1978 film . The Buddy Holly Story
Waylon Jennings and the Crickets also recorded it, as did Zooey Deschanel.
Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song in 1987 for the episode "Theodore Lucks Out" of thetelevison series . Alvin and the Chipmunks Paul McCartney recorded two versions of the song for a 75th anniversary tribute to Buddy Holly in 2011.
References [ edit ]
Sources [ edit ]
Amburn, Ellis (1996).
Buddy Holly: A Biography. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0-312-14557-6. Bustard, Anne (2005).
Buddy: The Story of Buddy Holly. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4223-9302-4. Dawson, Jim; Leigh, Spencer (1996).
Memories of Buddy Holly. Big Nickel Publications. ISBN 978-0-936433-20-2. Gerron, Peggy Sue (2008).
Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue? Togi Entertainment. ISBN 978-0-9800085-0-0. Goldrosen, John (1975).
Buddy Holly: His Life and Music. Popular Press. ISBN 0-85947-018-0. Goldrosen, John; Beecher, John (1996).
Remembering Buddy: The Definitive Biography. New York: Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-80715-7. Gribbin, John (2009). Not Fade Away: The Life and Music of Buddy Holly. London: Icon Books. ISBN 978-1-84831-034-6.
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