The inspiration for one of the most famous early rock ‘n roll songs has passed away.
Peggy Sue Gerron, who inspired Buddy Holly’s classic track “Peggy Sue” died Monday at 78, Rolling Stone reports.
In a 2013 interview, Gerron told the BBC the story of how Holly came to write a song about her.
She explained that in 1957 she was dating Holly’s best friend and drummer for his band the Crickets, Jerry Allison.
“I think he decided he was going to write a girl’s song, and sometime during the middle of the night he got Norman Petty, the producer, and he told him, ‘I’ve written this song and I’ve named it after Jerry’s girlfriend, Peggy Sue,'” she recalled.
Gerron remembered first hearing the song performed at a concert in a high school auditorium.
“I was just delighted, I thought it was a fascinating song,” she said. “It’s really hard to stand still when you’re listening to ‘Peggy Sue’.”
Gerron went on to marry Allison and they were together throughout the ’60s. She was also the subject of a sequel song, “Peggy Sue Got Married”, released in 1959 after Holly’s tragic death in a plane crash.