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  • Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue?
  • Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue?
  • Buddy Holly & The Crickets on TV
  • Buddy Holly & Little Richard
  • Peggy Sue Gerron & Jerry Allison at wedding of Buddy Holly & Maria Elena
  • Peggy Sue & Oprah
  • Buddy Holly on The Ed Sullivan Show
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a Rock 'n Roll Riff memoir



In 1957 “Peggy Sue,” by newcomer Buddy Holly and The Crickets, rose to #3 on the charts, quickly generating a gold record. Sung by hundreds of artists from Connie Francis to John Lennon, it would become a classic. By 2015 it positioned music legend Buddy Holly in Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 30 Songwriters of All Time. Only a single red rose left at Buddy’s grave each year gave fans a clue “the girl next door” was real.


Peek over a teenager’s shoulder as she writes in her diary about falling in love with a musician and the world of rock ’n roll. When she is immortalized in song, watch as the world falls in love with “Peggy Sue.” Because she was there Peggy Sue can narrate one of the most compelling stories in music history, including “the day the music died.” She rips rumors apart, shares scores of personal photos, and unveils intimate details never revealed in book or film.


Follow young Peggy Sue through her confusion about love and devotion, her prophetic nightmares of impending doom, a plane crash that shattered her future, and the surprising circumstances of the accident’s aftermath.  Then accompany Peggy Sue on a rocket ride to Hollywood where The Crickets build a new identity working with rock ’n roll greats like Bobby Vee, the Everly Brothers, and Roy Orbison. Stay with her as she struggles to escape from a life drawn by fate, to an unyielding determination “to keep the music alive.”


Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue tells a story of lost innocence, dreams, tragedy, and destiny.


PEGGY SUE GERRON was a teenager in Lubbock, Texas, with Buddy Holly when his hit song, “Peggy Sue,” made her an iconic part of rock ’n roll history. Today her namesake, “the first international rock anthem,” still hits the record charts in one part of the world or another, leading a Holland newspaper to dub Peggy Sue “the most famous woman in the world.”

Peggy Sue’s tireless efforts “to keep the music alive” helped found the Buddy Holly Center, the Buddy Holly Festival, and the Crossroads of Texas Festival in Lubbock, drawing thousands from around the world to Buddy Holly’s hometown.   She now works in Lubbock to prevent domestic violence and drug abuse.


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