On May 27th 1957 Buddy Holly and the Crickets released their single ‘That’ll Be The Day’ which became a UK No.1 and US No.3 hit.

The song had its genesis in a trip to the movies to see the John Wayne film ‘The Searchers’ in June 1956. Buddy went along with Crickets members Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis and they picked up on Wayne’s frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, “That’ll be the day”. By September 1957 the boys from Lubbock, Texas had their first hit record.

Less than a year later, on July 12th 1958, the song would be recorded by aspiring Liverpool skiffle group The Quarrymen, who, as the world knows, would evolve into The Beatles.



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