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Holly recorded this in May, 1957 with The Crickets at Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico.
This is listed as being written by Charles Hardin and Norman Petty. Charles Hardin is actually Buddy Holly. His real name was Charles Hardin Holley. (thanks, David - Lubbock, TX)
Twenty-seven years later in 1985, this became a minor hit for singer/songwriter and guitarist James Taylor. Taylor's version is featured on his 1985 album That's Why I'm Here. This version won the 1985 Grammy Award for Song Of The Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The album won a Grammy Award for Album Of The Year. (thanks, Annabelle - Eugene, OR)
This was used in the movies Big Fish and Stand By Me as well as a season 4 episode of the TV show Lost.
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Comments (20):

An excellent song. Anybody that could inspire the Beatles is damned allright by me.
- meocyber, alma, CO
One of the first few notable covers of "Everyday" was by the late John Denver, on his 1971 album, "Aerie." A great version - in that, while generally holding true to the style of the original, JD put his own style into it.
- Robert, Detroit, MI
Norman Petty's wife, Vi, plays the celeste on this record. (The celeste is a keyboard instrument with a glockenspiel-like tone)
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Everyday' entered Billboard's Top 100 chart on 11-11-1957... {This was also the 1st record were no credit was given to "The Crickets", only Buddy's name appeared on the label although the guys did played on the record}
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Surprised that nobody has mentioned the fact that 'Everyday' was the flip-side of Buddy's 'Peggy Sue', which peaked at #3 and stayed in the Top 100 for 22 weeks... {Bobby Vee's 'Rubber Ball' peaked at #6 in 1961}
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Buddy Holly's 'Everyday' is used in the latest AT&T TV commercial promoting the new Blackberry Torch cell phone {08-16-2010}...
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
The song was used in the movie "Stand By Me" , where the four boys were walking either on the traintrack or on the path ; where they walked ( I believed ) 3 - days , to try to find the body of the one boy's bother's dead body .
- Mike, Franklin County, PA
This song is also in The movie Stand By Me with River Phoenix, Corey Haim and Richard Dryfus.
- Linc, Beaumont, TX
James Taylor did a decent cover version
- Henry O. Godwinn, Wheeling, WV
This was featured in Stand By Me, which has a pretty decent soundtrack.
- Josh, Toronto
Yes, it was Jerry Allison slapping his knees on this. And the instrument was a celeste, played by Vi Petty, Norman Petty's wife.
- Tony, Devon, England
The instrumental arrangement is remarkable. I believe the bell-like sound is either a celeste, an obscure keyboard instrument used by symphony orchestra percussionists, or the glockenspiel, an equally unlikely candidate for rock music. Utterly charming; nobody else could have gotten away with it.
- Mark, Lancaster, OH
BTW, Bobby Vee (Robert Velline) was brought in to finish out the tour dates after Buddy, Ritchie and Bopper died. He made his early career by being the best Buddy Holly impersonator around.
- Frank, Westminster, SC
In 1960, "Everyday" was covered on the flip side of "Rubber Ball" by Bobby Vee, who copied Buddy's vocal style (including the characteristic "Holly Hiccup") throughout his career.
- Rick, San Juan, United States
Has anyone noticed the popularity of this song in movies recently??
- Brian, Oklahoma City, OK
This is the earliest song I can remember; I was 2 years old when it was out. If you don't feel better after listening to a Buddy Holly song, you may have clinical depression!
- Frank, Westminster, SC
Later covered by Don McLean. A live version of the cover is available on the "Favorites and Rarities" double CD.
- NickC, Ft. Wayne, IN
It was featured in Tim Burton's movie Big Fish, very cute!
- Faruna, Shanghai, China
The drummer's name is Jerry (J.I.) Allison.
- Kristy, Toronto, Canada
I heard that they weren't happy with the sound of the backing beat, it was too loud and harsh for the melody and Buddy's voice (even using brushes). And the finished product actually features the drummer (whose name escapes me at this moment) tapping his fingers on his knees!
- Jo, Newcastle, Australia
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