Video Classics: ‘That’ll Be the Day’ – Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly Statue

Buddy Holly Statue, Lubbock TX (Ronald Martinez, Getty Images)

Here’s one to stump even some of the true [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beatles[/lastfm] fans out there the next time you want to hit them with some trivia. This classic by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Buddy Holly[/lastfm] also happened to be the very first song recorded by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]the Quarrymen[/lastfm], who would one day evolve into the Fab Four (after some lineup changes).

Watch a video and read the story of the song’s genesis.

As read on Wikipedia:

The song had its genesis in a trip to the movies by Holly, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jerry Allison[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sonny Curtis[/lastfm] in June 1956. The John Wayne film The Searchers was playing. Wayne’s frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, “That’ll be the day.” inspired the young musicians.

Soon after, Holly along with Allison wrote a song centered on that phrase. They first recorded it on July 22, 1956, at the Decca Records studio in Nashville, Tennessee. The studio had produced some good Holly efforts, but the recording of That’ll Be the Day was not selected for release. After several singles failed, Decca dropped Holly from the label. The 1956 Nashville recording is different from the one most fans are familiar with. This is due to the producer’s insistence that Holly sing it at the upper limit of his range while playing it slowly, seemingly dragging it out.

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