Suggest a Songfact / Artistfact
Album: The Buddy Holly StoryReleased: 1957Charted:
This was recorded June 29-July 1, 1957 at Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico. Background vocals were added later by The Picks (Bill & John Pickering, Bob Lapham).
This was written by Sunny West, Bill Tilghman and Norman Petty. Petty was Holly's producer and owned the studio where this was recorded. He did not drive race cars.
This was released as a single with "Not Fade Away" as the B-side. While this song did fade away, the B-side has become one of Holly's well known songs. It got a boost when it was covered by The Rolling Stones in 1964.
This was credited to The Crickets, who were Holly's band.
Holly and The Crickets performed this on their second and final Ed Sullivan Show
appearance on January 26, 1958. Sullivan was not happy with the song selection, as he considered it too raunchy, but Holly insisted on performing it. Possibly in retaliation, Sullivan introduced him as "Buddy Hollet," and Holly can be seen trying to turn up his guitar, which had been set too low. While most musical guests were given 2 songs, Holly got just the one.