Saturday, August 04, 2012

Record #0074: That’ll Be the Day / I’m Looking For Someone To Love – THE CRICKETS

Brunswick 55009 (original) USA, May 1957
Words & Music by:  Side A – Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly, Norman Petty; Side B – Holly, Petty
Buddy Holly (lead guitar and vocals), Jerry Allison (drums), Larry Welborn (upright bass), Niki Sullivan (b-vocals and rhythm guitar?), Ramona Tollett (b-vocals), Gary Tollett (b-vocals)
Recording sessions: Norman Petty Studios, Clovis, NM, Feb.24-25, 1957
Highest chart positions:  US #1, US R&B #2, UK #1

Buddy Holly had already recorded the title song for Decca (at Bradley’s Barn in July 1956), but he wanted to have another go at it. However, his contract with them prevented him from re-recording his Decca material for five years. The workaround was to release this single under the name of the Crickets.

Though he was credited for it, Norman Petty didn’t actually contribute to writing “That’ll Be the Day”.

The song got its name from John Wayne’s catchphrase in the film “the Searchers”.

List price:  Very Good+ is $25, Near Mint is $50

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