- John Lennon said he would play Buddy Holly’s songs while he just hung out.
- He was more familiar with early rock ‘n’ roll songs than with Beatles material.
- John covered a Holly song and it appeared on a hit album.
John Lennon said he was more familiar with early rock songs than Beatles songs. For example, he said he could play one of Buddy Holly’s songs “backwards.” Notably, John recorded the track for one of his hit albums. He said the album was costly to produce.
John Lennon liked to play certain songs while he hung out
The book All We Say: The Last Great Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono contains an interview from 1980. In it, John talked about rock ‘n’ roll. “I remember the old rock songs better than my own,” he said. “If I sat in a room and just started playing, if I had a guitar now and we just hung out and sang, I’d be singing all that early and mid ’50s stuff – Buddy Holly and stuff. I remember them.”
John compared old rock songs to the music of the Beatles. “I don’t remember the chords or the lyrics or any of that Beatles stuff,” he said. “That’s my repertoire. I still go back to the stuff the Beatles did before they wrote, you know. I would still like to do it.”
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The former Beatle recorded several songs by Buddy Holly and others over the course of a few days
John has covered Holly’s “Peggy Sue” and other classic songs on his album Rock’n’Roll. “So the last five or six tracks – which sound completely different if you ever listen to the album – were all done in about four days, you know,” he recalled.
“Two a night, like ‘Peggy Sue’ and others I knew really backwards,” he added. “It took a fortune in time and energy, and it was the most expensive album I’ve ever made.” John wrongly assumed that the album would be relatively easy to make.
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How John Lennon’s cover of Buddy Holly’s “Peggy Sue” charted in the US and UK
John’s “Peggy Sue” was never a single, so it didn’t chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Rock’n’Roll peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200. It stayed on the chart for 15 weeks.
According to The Official Charts Company, John’s “Peggy Sue” did not chart in the UK either. In the meantime, Rock’n’Roll Hit #6 in the UK The album stayed in the UK charts for 28 weeks.
While not a hit, John’s “Peggy Sue” is an interesting connection between the former Beatle and Holly.
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https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/john-lennon-knew-1-buddy-hollys-songs-backwards.html/ John Lennon knew 1 of Buddy Holly’s songs “Backwards”