It Doesn't Matter Anymore

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"It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
Single by Buddy Holly
from the album The Buddy Holly Story
B-side "Raining in My Heart"
Released January 5, 1959
Format vinyl, 7"
Recorded October 21, 1958, Decca Studios, Pythian Temple, New York
Genre Pop
Length 2:01
Label Coral Records 9-62074
Writer(s) Paul Anka
Buddy Holly singles chronology
"It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
"Peggy Sue Got Married"

"It Doesn't Matter Anymore" is a pop ballad written by Paul Anka and recorded by Buddy Holly in 1958. The song reached number 13 as a posthumous hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1959, shortly after Holly died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959. The single was a two-sided hit, backed with "Raining in My Heart". "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" was Holly's last US Top 20 hit and featured the orchestral backing of Dick Jacobs. It was also successful in the United Kingdom, where it became the country's first posthumous number 1 hit.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" (2:01)
  2. "Raining in My Heart" (2:45)

Chart performance[edit]

In the United Kingdom the song reached number 1 on April 24, 1959, and remained in that position for three weeks, becoming the first posthumous number 1 hit in UK chart history.[1] Holly would continue to achieve posthumous chart success in the UK well into the 1960s. In the United States it reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was Holly's last Top 20 hit in the United States.

Cover versions[edit]

  • Wanda Jackson included a cover of this song on her 1961 album, There's a Party Goin' On.
  • John Barry did an instrumental cover, included on the compilation album The EMI Years: 1961.
  • The song was covered by Freddie and the Dreamers on the album You Were Made for Me in 1964.
  • The song was covered by Linda Ronstadt on her multi-platinum album Heart Like a Wheel (1974); the single reached number 20 on the Adult Contemporary chart, number 47 on the Pop chart, and number 54 on the Country chart in the fall of 1975.
  • The song was used in the BBC television series Survivors episode 9, song by Chris Tranchell in 1975.
  • The New Zealand singer Mark Williams had a NZ number one hit with his cover in 1977.
  • An instrumental version was recorded by Hank Marvin in 1996 on Hank Plays Holly.
  • The Seekers performed a cover on their 1997 album, Future Road.
  • Eva Cassidy's version of the song was the lead-in to her album Imagine, released posthumously in 2002.
  • Serena Ryder recorded a cover on her 2006 album If Your Memory Serves You Well.
  • Marty Wilde recorded the song on the DVD release of The 50th Anniversary Concert in 2007.
  • In season 11 of the television program American Idol, Jessica Sanchez, Deandre Brackensick, and Candice Glover performed the song in the Las Vegas round.

See also[edit]



Whitburn, Joel (2000). Top Pop Singles 1955-1999. Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-140-3.

  1. ^ Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits. Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives. p. 42. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 

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