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That'll Be The Day

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"That'll Be The Day" by Buddy Holly and The Crickets is credited as being written by Allison, (this being Jerry Allison the drummer with the group), Holly, (the lead guitarist and vocalist) and Petty, (Norman Petty being the manager). It is generally accepted that although Petty is given a credit for the composition, he was never actually involved in the writing.

The track was produced at the Norman Petty studios in Clovis, New Mexico on the 25 February 1957 and produced by the studio owner, (Norman Petty).

The title is inspired by John Wayne's catchphrase in the film The Searchers.

Featured on the track are ..

  • Buddy Holly - Lead guitar and vocals
  • Larry Welborn - Bass
  • Jerry Allison - Drums
  • Niki Sullivan - Background vocals
  • June Clark - Background vocals
  • Gary Tollett - Background vocals
  • Ramona Tollett - Background vocals

This song is believed to be related with Don McLean's song American Pie, which talks about the history of rock and roll music. In that song, McLean talks about the day that music died which is actually February 3, 1959, when three of the most important rock'n roll singers of the time died together in a plane crash. Buddy Holly was among them, and Don Mclean took the famouse phrase "this'll be the day that I die" from Buddy Holly's "That'll Be The Day".

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