Buddy Holly – Everyday

It’s always an honor to post a Buddy Holly song.  This one was written  written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty. Buddy was a singer, songwriter, producer, and performer. During his short career, Holly was able to merge the sounds of rockabilly, country music, and R&B to help make rock and roll popular.

The song was recorded in 1957 at the Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico.

This song was released on September 20, 1957, as the B-side of “Peggy Sue”. On the original single the Crickets are not mentioned (legal issues), but it is known that Buddy plays acoustic guitar; drummer Jerry Allison slaps his knees for percussion and typewriter; Joe B. Mauldin plays a standup acoustic bass; and producer Norman Petty’s wife Vi Petty plays the celesta.  That gives it a unique sound.

Holly’s version of this song never charted, but two others did. In 1972, John Denver took it to #81 US. Then in 1985, James Taylor made #61 with his cover.

From Songfacts

This upbeat song finds Holly in a hopeful mien, sure that he will soon land the girl of his dreams. He recorded the song in May 1957 with The Crickets at Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico.

This is listed as being written by Charles Hardin and Norman Petty. Charles Hardin is actually Buddy Holly: his real name was Charles Hardin Holley. 

This was used in the movies Big Fish and Stand By Me as well as a Season 4 episode of the TV show Lost.

Everyday

Everyday, it’s a-gettin’ closer
Goin’ faster than a roller coaster
Love like yours will surely come my way
A-hey, a-hey hey

Everyday, it’s a-gettin’ faster
Everyone said, “Go ahead and ask her”
Love like yours will surely come my way
A-hey, a-hey hey

Everyday seems a little longer
Every way, love’s a little stronger
Come what may, do you ever long for
True love from me?

Everyday, it’s a-gettin’ closer
Goin’ faster than a roller coaster
Love like yours will surely come my way
A-hey, a-hey hey

Everyday seems a little longer
Every way, love’s a little stronger
Come what may, do you ever long for
True love from me?

Everyday, it’s a-gettin’ closer
Goin’ faster than a roller coaster
Love like yours will surely come my way
A-hey, a-hey hey
Love like yours will surely come my way

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

37 thoughts on “Buddy Holly – Everyday”

  1. It would be difficult to make a Top 20 of Buddy Holly songs- how could you order them? This would have to be one of them- and one of my many favorites! Buddy Holly Lives!

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  2. oh – a belated happy birthday! Hope it was good to you.
    A good song, one of the ones of his I’m most familiar with though as I think of it, mostly because it’s been used in so many commercials. You expanded my musical vocabulary with this one – I had to go look up what a celesta was!

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    1. Thanks Dave. I do that also…I’ll look up these strange instruments…next week I have a song I always wanted to know what made a certain sound.

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  3. I didn’t know John Denver did a cover of this, much less one that charted. I don’t ever remember hearing it. I did hear JT’s version, and it’s nice but he’s not Buddy, and to me this is Buddy’s song and no one else’s.

    Happy birthday!

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    1. John Denver’s version…well he didn’t copy the original…he turned it into a John Denver song but no…Buddy’s was just right to me. The best cover of a Buddy song to me…was Linda Ronstadt’s That’ll Be The Day…but yea it’s hard to top his versions.

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    2. Oh Thank You! I appreciate it. It would not be a good memory for Chiefs fans…I was born during the Packers-Chiefs game…the first Superbowl

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    1. I couldn’t agree more. And us being Beatle fans…he influenced them so much in their song writing. Without Buddy…the Beatles would not have been the same.

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  4. Great song. Music from the 50’s is hardly ever played on radio in the UK anymore, so it’s down to movies and media spots to bring it back to attention. Don McLean is the only cover I know – hardly surprising he did a cover, given American Pie, I guess! B sides better than A sides is a lost art-form this century….

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    1. lol…good ol Clovis…. I never heard of it. I love this stuff and it’s the 50s music closest to the music I love.

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      1. Small border town. Cattle country. Probably bigger, now. My ex-Marine went there, got a PO Box & registered his panel van there. Even though we lived in Central Texas, NM’s taxes were lower for vehicles. He was like that…always looking for ways around things.

        I remember waking up in the little motel and walking outside. Whole town smelled like manure in the morning. We arrived at night and there was no smell. It’ll gag you if you aren’t used to it.

        We’ve also been to Roswell, too. 👽🤖

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      2. Sounds like it’s in the middle of nowhere.

        It smells like manure? Well that makes sense in a cattle town I guess….why none at night? The sun and heating up?

        Roswell…I wouldn’t mind going there

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      3. If you look on a map, it is a nearly perfect point in a triangle with Lubbock & Amarillo:
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clovis,_New_Mexico

        https://www.google.com/maps/place/Clovis,+NM+88101/@34.3593279,-102.4775157,9z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x8702de7e730d1011:0x36773ba2b0d15b3f!8m2!3d34.4047987!4d-103.2052272?hl=en

        I don’t know why it didn’t smell like cow at night. It sure did in the morning. Whew. We stayed on the eastern edge of town. We never saw “downtown.” We were just there long enough for him to establish a PO Box, register his van and eat.

        Then, we picked up US70 and headed SW to Roswell. The museum was a trip! All of this was in 2002. Hard to believe…18 1/2 years…

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      4. That is out there…wow that year doesn’t seem like that long ago.

        Probably the sun heating that wonderful aroma up!

        That sounds like a cool trip!

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      5. I like them also…I like stopping at the weird places like the biggest ball of yarn or a “diamond” mine…

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  5. A friend of mine thought this was a James Taylor composition because he covered it. I’m not a fan of the JT version, but the song lives on. Also, I went to college in the cassette era and this burly linebacker lived across the hall from me. When he saw one of my cassettes, he said, ” Buddy Holly – that is sweet. I’ve got to dub that one.”

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    1. Yea and I heard the John Denver one yesterday also…hey man you should do this on your blog…
      I guess everyone likes Buddy! That is really cool.

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