“That’ll Be the Day”

22 Jul

Today,in 1956 Buddy Holly cuts “That’ll Be The Day” in Nashville. The track is credited to Buddy Holly & The Three-Tunes (his backing band before the Crickets). The song is re-recorded before becoming a hit.

The song had its genesis in a trip to the movies by Holly, Allison and Sonny Curtis 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.

The version recorded at Bradley’s Barn, Nashville on July 22, 1956 was released as B-side to “Rock Around With Ollie Vee“, credited to Buddy Holly, on 2 September 1957 (Decca D30434) and can be found on the 1958 album That’ll Be the Day.[7]

The second recorded version of this song was recorded eight months later, at the Norman Petty studios in Clovis, New Mexico, on February 25, 1957, and issued on Decca’s Brunswick label three months later.[1]

The re-recorded version of “That’ll Be the Day” was released by Brunswick Records on May 27, 1957, and is featured on the debut album by the Crickets, The “Chirping” Crickets, which was issued on November 27, 1957. The song is considered a classic in the rock and roll genre and is listed at #39 on Rolling Stone‘s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[6]

n 1958, the song was the first track ever recorded by The Quarrymen, who later became The Beatles; their rendition, intended just as a demonstration disc, was issued officially on the Beatles compilation album Anthology 1 in 1995. The one and only 1958 pressing is thought to be one of the world’s most valuable records, worth an estimated £100,000 [10] Norman Petty sold the publishing rights to the Buddy Holly catalogue to Paul McCartney in 1979.

1. The Quarrymen, 'That'll Be The Day/In Spite Of All The Danger'. Yep, the same record as Number 2, but this is the 1958 original. It's the only known copy of the pre-Beatles disc recorded at a local electrical shop by McCartney, Lennon and Harrison with drummer Colin Hanton and pianist John Duff Lowe. It's worth an estimated <b>£100,000.</b>
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