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"Oh, Boy!" by The Crickets, Buddy Holly

Rock and Roll

Buddy Holly and The Crickets were one of the pioneering groups that help to define the sounds of fifties rock n roll and rockabilly. They recorded this song at Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico, in 1957. The song was written by Sonny West, Bill Tilghman, and Norman Petty. West had recorded the song earlier but did not have commercial success with it. It was released on the album The “Chirping” Crickets and as a single backed with “Not Fade Away.” In 1958, the song went to #10 on the U.S. Pop Chart. Holly sings the lead vocals and The Picks, a vocal trio, do the background vocals. The Crickets were Holly (lead guitar and vocals), Niki Sullivan (rhythm guitar), Joe B. Mauldin (bass), and Jerry Allison (drums). Of course, there were many personnel changes to the group over the years. Buddy Holly was killed in a plane crash on February 3, 1959, along with the pilot, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper. This has become known as “the day the music died.”  There have been many covers, including versions by Bobby Vee, Jackie DeShannon, The Everly Brothers, Skeeter Davis, Melanie, Stray Cats, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Connie Francis, John Prine, Wanda Jackson, Phil Ochs, and The Grateful Dead (while touring).

Here are the lyrics to “Oh, Boy!” by Buddy Holly and The Crickets:

“All of my love, all of my kissin’
You don’t know what you’ve been a-missin’
Oh boy, when you’re with me, oh boy
The world can see that you were meant for me

All of my life I’ve been a-waitin’
Tonight there’ll be no hesitatin’
Oh boy, when you’re with me, oh boy
The world can see that you were meant for me

Stars appear and shadows are fallin’
You can hear my heart a-callin’
A little bit a-lovin’ makes everything right
And I’m gonna see my baby tonight

All of my love, all of my kissin’
You don’t know what you’ve been a-missin’
Oh boy, when you’re with me, oh boy
The world can see that you were meant for me

Dum de dum dum, oh boy
Dum de dum dum, oh boy

All of my love, all of my kissin’
You don’t know what you’ve been a-missin’
Oh boy, when you’re with me, oh boy
The world can see that you were meant for me

All of my life I’ve been a-waitin’
Tonight there’ll be no hesitatin’
Oh boy, when you’re with me, oh boy
The world can see that you were meant for me

Stars appear and shadows are fallin’
You can hear my heart a-callin’
A little bit a-lovin’ makes everything right
And I’m gonna see my baby tonight

All of my love, all of my kissin’
You don’t know what you’ve been a-missin’
Oh boy, when you’re with me, oh boy
The world can see that you were meant for me”

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9 Comments

  1. Elvira says:

    The oldies are the best love the song the day I met the boy iam gonna marry my husband and I danced to that song at our wedding

  2. Pamela Stroud says:

    Is there ANY way we can get the daily Doo Wop straight to our mail box?????? I love it! This era is my growing up years and high school!!!!! Thank you1!!!

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