On this date 56 years ago in 1957, Buddy Holly and the Crickets went into the Norman Petty Recording Studio in Clovis, New Mexico and recorded “That’ll Be The Day.” The song’s inspiration came from the John Wayne movie, The Searchers, wherein Wayne uses the phrase “that’ll be the day” repeatedly.
The song was written by Buddy Holly and Jerry Allison. Norman Petty is given writing credit, but only worked on the production. It was also the first song to be recorded, as a demonstration disc by The Quarrymen – the skiffle group that subsequently became The Beatles. Do you know what artist had the most chart topping success with a cover version of this song?