May 27, 2017

45 RPMs 13: The Crickets ~ That'll Be The Day @ 60

photo by Styrous®



60 years ago today, May 27, 1957, The Crickets and leader Buddy Holly released the smash hit, That'll Be the Day. I remember the first time I heard it. I was in high school and at a friend's party. She slapped her 45 of the song on her RCA 45 record player and it was one of the "What in the World is this?" events I've had in my life.  




About that time we were dancing the Madison by Al Brown's Tunetoppers (a line dance that features a regular back-and-forth pattern interspersed with called steps), the Stroll with C. C. Rider by Chuck Willis (also a line dance) (link below), the Hand Jive with Willie and the Hand Jive by Johnny Otis (link below), and the Richmond. I couldn't find any reference to the Richmond on the Net, so it might have been a local thing. It was a dance with moves similar to the Lambada (link below) but very, VERY much slower, not nearly as erotic and without the Latin beat. I know, what is left? But at the time, during school dances I remember the teachers would break up couples who tried to do it. We only danced it at private parties.  

We did hit the floor with the Latin dances: the Rumba, the Mambo (Pérez Prado, Mambo No. 5), the Cuban Cha-Cha and the Merengue. There's a great site on Teen Dances of the 1950's by Richard Powers (link below). 

The Crickets were an American rock and roll band from Lubbock, Texas, formed by singer-songwriter Buddy Holly in the 1950s. Their first hit record, That'll Be the Day, released in 1957, was a number-one hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on September 23. The sleeve of their first album, The "Chirping" Crickets, shows the band lineup at the time: Holly on lead vocals and lead guitar, Niki Sullivan on rhythm guitar, Jerry Allison on drums, and Joe Mauldin on bass. The Crickets helped set the template for subsequent rock bands, such as the Beatles, with their guitar-bass-drums lineup and the talent to write most of their own material. After Holly's death in a plane creah in 1959 the band continued to tour and record with other band members into the 21st century.





"That'll Be The Day" lyrics

Well, that'll be the day when you say goodbye
Yes, that'll be the day when you make me cry
You say you gonna leave, you know it's a lie
'Cause that'll be the day when I die

Well, you give me all your lovin' and your turtle dovin'
All your hugs and kisses and your money, too
Well, you know you love me, baby
Still you tell me, maybe
That some day, well, I'll be blue

Well, that'll be the day when you say goodbye
Yes, that'll be the day when you make me cry
You say you gonna leave, you know it's a lie
'Cause that'll be the day when I die

Well, that'll be the day when you say goodbye
Yes, that'll be the day when you make me cry
You say you gonna leave, you know it's a lie
'Cause that'll be the day when I die

Well, when Cupid shot his dart
He shot it at your heart
So if we ever part and I leave you
You say you told me, an' you told me boldly
That someday, well, I'll be blue

Well, that'll be the day when you say goodbye
Yes, that'll be the day when you make me cry
You say you gonna leave, you know it's a lie
'Cause that'll be the day when I die

Well that'll be the day, ooh hoo
That'll be the day, ooh hoo
That'll be the day, ooh hoo
That'll be the day

Writers: Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly, and Norman Petty  



photo by Styrous®





Tracklist:

Side 1:

A - That'll Be The Day, written by Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly, and Norman Petty

Side 2:
   
B - I’m Lookin' For Someone To Love, written by Buddy Holly, and Norman Petty

   
Companies, etc.

    Pressed By – Decca Records Pressing Plant, Gloversville
    Manufactured By – Brunswick Radio Corporation

Notes
Label variation: Gloversville pressing with comma used in both matrix numbers on disc labels
Etched D in circle on both sides in runout
Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): (102,022)
    Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): (102,021)✤
    Matrix / Runout (Stamped in runout side A): M45 102022 6 Ⓓ2 C
    Matrix / Runout (Stamped in runout side B): M45 102021 6 Ⓓ3 B

     
       
         
Net links:           
          
Basic step of cha-cha-chá       
Teen Dances of the 1950's             
             
    
YouTube links:          
              
The Crickets ~ That’ll Be The Day          
Al Brown's Tunetoppers ~ The Madison       
Chuck Willis ~ C. C. Rider (The Stroll)         
Johnny Otis ~ Willie and the Hand Jive       
Kaoma - The Lambada     
Pérez Prado ~ Mambo No. 5            
       
       
     







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