I could not call myself a genuine Music buff without looking back at the life of the subject of one of Rock N Roll’s most iconic songs, Peggy Sue.
The very title of the song could have been different altogether, the song was originally called “Cindy Lou”, after Holly’s niece. But it was changed to Peggy Sue referring to Peggy Sue Gerron who was the girlfriend of Jerry Allison, the drummer for the Crickets, at the time .After the couple had temporarily broken up, the title was renamed Peggy Sue.
Allison and Gerron would later get married.however the couple did get divorced in the late 70s.
After her divorce from Jerry Allison, Peggy Sue went to Pasadena Junior College in and became a dental assistant. She got married again and had two children, a girl and a boy.
Her second husband was a plumber, Peggy Sue and her new husband started a successful plumbing business and she became the first woman licensed as a plumber in the state of California.
Peggy Sue died last Monday,October 1st at the age of 78. She had always enjoyed being the subject of the iconic song.
Buddy Holly did write a follow up to the song, “Peggy Sue Got Married”, and recorded a demo in his New York City apartment on December 5, 1958, with only himself on guitar.The tape was discovered after his death and was “enhanced” for commercial release, with the addition of backing vocals and an electric guitar.
The rarely heard original version was released on a vinyl collection, “The Complete Buddy Holly”. It was also used over the opening credits of the 1986 movie “Peggy Sue Got Married” with Kathleen Turner in the title role.
Finishing up with the aforementioned song ‘Peggy Sue got Married”. RIP Peggy Sue, this week you have made us all feel blue.
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