Today in Texas History – May 27

From the Annals of Rock and Roll –  In 1957, Buddy Holly’s band, the Crickets, released their first single, “That’ll Be the Day” on Brunswick Records.   The song was written by song written by Buddy Holly and Jerry Allison.  It has been recorded by various other artists including notably Linda Ronstadt and it was the first song to be recorded by the Quarrymen.  The catch line of the song came from a visit to the cinema by Holly, Allison and Sonny Curtis to see “The Searchers.”  Holly liked John Wayne’s oft repeated phrase “that’ll be the day.”  The song was a major hit and propelled the band into national prominence.  It is listed as number 39 on Billboard’s 500 all time greatest rock and roll records.

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