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Peggy Sue Got Married by Buddy Holly
Album: The Buddy Holly StoryReleased: 1959Charted:
Buddy Holly recorded this alone, on acoustic guitar, in his New York City apartment, along with "Crying, Waiting, Hoping," "That's What They Say," "What to Do," "Learning the Game" and "That Makes it Tough" which would be his last songs. After his tragic death, these recordings would be overdubbed to become the Holly songs we know today.
In this song, Holly finds out that the girl from his 1957 hit "Peggy Sue
" has gotten married. It was one of the first sequels of the Rock Era.
This song provided the title for the 1986 movie Peggy Sue Got Married, starring Kathleen Turner and Nicolas Cage. In the movie, Holly's demo version with just his voice and acoustic guitar was used.
When producer Jack Hansen augmented Holly's demo of this tune and made a hit out of it, it was the first instance of an entirely 'new' unheard song being completed and released after a star's death. Later instances of songs of deceased acts being revived and "completed" include tunes by The Beatles, the Carpenters, The Doors, Lynyrd Skynrd, Bob Marley, Charlie Parker, Frank Sinatra, Biggie Smalls, Tupac and Hank Williams.