This post is not a biography. Rather, I just want to quickly pay my respects to Peggy Sue Gerron who passed away on Monday October 1, 2018 at the age of 78 years old.
For those of you who do not know, Peggy Sue Gerron married Jerry Allison, the drummer of The Crickets. While they were dating, they temporarily broke up and that’s how the classic song “Peggy Sue” came to be.
My very first post on this blog was about the 60th anniversary of the release of the song. (See Happy 60th Anniversary, Pretty Peggy Sue ) Peggy Sue’s name, along with the song has always had a special meaning to me.
Peggy Sue’s name was mentioned in three other songs (besides the original hit that made it to #3 on the charts in 1957) Her name has been used in countless ways to define something associated with the 1950’s: Peggy Sue’s Diner is one. Peggy Sue’s Cruise annual classic car show in Santa Rosa, CA. is another. The 1986 film Peggy Sue Got Married was inspired by the follow-up song of the same name. Then there are the dresses and accessories bearing her name, all of which pay tribute to the Best Era Ever.
As for Peggy Sue herself, she wrote the book “Whatever Happened To Peggy Sue?”, a memoir about her exciting and chaotic life in the center of the Rock n Roll scene back in the day.
As the years passed, Peggy Sue honored her friend Buddy Holly and his work at the Lubbock Music Festival (formerly the “Buddy Holly Music Festival”) each year in Texas. In addition, she would leave one red rose on her friend’s grave to mark each year of his passing; an indication to the world that the girl behind the song was real.
Whether we know Peggy Sue only by name, or have come to learn about her as an important person who helped shape Rock n Roll history, we will always be transported back to a better time simply by listening to her song.
We love you, Peggy Sue.