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"Peggy Sue Got Married"
Buddy Holly Peggy Sue Married Coral.jpg
Single by Buddy Holly
B-side"Crying, Waiting, Hoping"
  • July 20, 1959 (1959-07-20) (US)
  • August 28, 1959 (UK)
RecordedNew York City, December 8, 1958
GenreRock and roll
Songwriter(s)Buddy Holly
Producer(s)Jack Hansen
Buddy Holly singles chronology
"It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
"Peggy Sue Got Married"
"True Love Ways"

"Peggy Sue Got Married" is a song written and performed by Buddy Holly. It was posthumously released in July 1959 as a 45-rpm single with "Crying, Waiting, Hoping". It refers to his 1957 hit song "Peggy Sue". It was one of the first sequels of the rock era.

Buddy Holly version

Buddy Holly recorded the vocal, accompanying himself on guitar, on December 8, 1958, in apartment 4H of "The Brevoort" on New York City's Fifth Avenue. Studio musicians recorded backup vocals and instrumentals on June 30, 1959, at Coral Records' Studio A in New York. An alternate version of the song, with new instrumentals but without backup singers, was recorded in 1964.

The studio recording sessions and overdubs for "Peggy Sue Got Married" were similar to those for the posthumous track "Crying, Waiting, Hoping". Buddy Holly's original, undubbed home recording was used as theme music in the film Peggy Sue Got Married.

The Crickets version

The Crickets recorded their own version after Buddy Holly's death in June 1959.[1] David Box, a native of Lubbock, Texas, and a Buddy Holly soundalike, joined the group as lead vocalist for this version of "Peggy Sue Got Married" which was released in the United States as the B-side of Coral 62238 in 1960. The Crickets had decided to use the original arrangements they had used for "Peggy Sue" with the only change being David Box on lead vocal.[2]

Other cover versions

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In addition, David Bowie's "Ashes to Ashes" - itself a sequel song - paraphrases Holly's song in its opening lines, "Do you remember a guy that's been in such an early song?"


  1. ^ "Who's Who On The Cricket's Recordings". Archived from the original on 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
  2. ^ Peggy Sue Gerron; Glenda Cameron (1960-08-11). Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue?: A Memoir by Buddy Holly's Peggy Sue. p. 134. ISBN 9780980008517. Retrieved 2016-08-29.