Everyday

Album: Buddy Holly (1957)
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Songfacts®:

  • This upbeat song finds Holly in a hopeful mien, sure that he will soon land the girl of his dreams. He recorded the song 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. >>
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    David - Lubbock, TX
  • Holly's version of this song never charted, but two others did. In 1972, John Denver took it to #81 US. Then in 1985, James Taylor made #61 with his cover.
  • This was used in the movies Big Fish and Stand By Me as well as a Season 4 episode of the TV show Lost.

Comments: 23

  • Pat Harrigan from Mckinney, TexasI do acoustic shows around the N Dallas area and do the Holly version with me singing it as he did while lightly tapping my guitar below the bridge and then do the JT version with full acoustic guitar accompaniment and people really enjoy it. Lots of history talk about how it was recorded as well. Great song.
  • Mac from AzAuthor Neil Gaiman said that in early brainstorming for a Good Omens film adaptation, that he and Terry Pratchett had envisioned this song as the opening theme. While it was not used in the finished Amazon Prime miniseries, it was used as inspiration for a portion of the soundtrack.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 5th 1972, John Denver's covered version of "Everyday*" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #82, and for the following two weeks it would be at #81, then surprisingly it fell off the chart completely...
    It reached #21 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    R.I.P Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. {1943 - 1997}; and truly a sad coincidence that Buddy and John both died in a plane crash, what a loss!!!
    * A great cover, wish he would had added a celeste {See 3rd post below}.
  • Meocyber from Alma, CoAn excellent song. Anybody that could inspire the Beatles is damned allright by me.
  • Robert from Detroit, MiOne 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.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyNorman Petty's wife, Vi, plays the celeste on this record. (The celeste is a keyboard instrument with a glockenspiel-like tone)
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyEveryday' 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 from Sauquoit, NySurprised 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 from Sauquoit, NyBuddy Holly's 'Everyday' is used in the latest AT&T TV commercial promoting the new Blackberry Torch cell phone {08-16-2010}...
  • Mike from Franklin County, PaThe 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 .
  • Linc from Beaumont, TxThis song is also in The movie Stand By Me with River Phoenix, Corey Haim and Richard Dryfus.
  • Henry O. Godwinn from Wheeling, WvJames Taylor did a decent cover version
  • Josh from TorontoThis was featured in Stand By Me, which has a pretty decent soundtrack.
  • Tony from Devon, EnglandYes, it was Jerry Allison slapping his knees on this. And the instrument was a celeste, played by Vi Petty, Norman Petty's wife.
  • Mark from Lancaster, OhThe 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.
  • Frank from Westminster, ScBTW, 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.
  • Rick from San Juan, United StatesIn 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.
  • Brian from Oklahoma City, OkHas anyone noticed the popularity of this song in movies recently??
  • Frank from Westminster, ScThis 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!
  • Nickc from Ft. Wayne, InLater covered by Don McLean. A live version of the cover is available on the "Favorites and Rarities" double CD.
  • Faruna from Shanghai, ChinaIt was featured in Tim Burton's movie Big Fish, very cute!
  • Kristy from Toronto, CanadaThe drummer's name is Jerry (J.I.) Allison.
  • Jo from Newcastle, AustraliaI 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!
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