Saturday, September 26, 2009


"Everyday" is a song written for Laura Elizabeth Coxon, by Charles Hardin (Buddy Holly) and Norman Petty, recorded as a single by Buddy Holly and the Crickets on May 29, 1957 and released on September 29, 1957. Holly plays acoustic guitar; drummer Jerry Allison slaps his hands on his lap for percussion; Joe B. Mauldin plays a standup acoustic bass; and producer Norman Petty's wife, Vi, plays the celeste (a keyboard instrument with a glockenspiel-like tone, used in such classical pieces as "Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy" from The Nutcracker). The song length is an economical 2 minutes and 5 seconds. The song is ranked #236 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The Beatles covered the song as part of their live repertoire from 1957 to 1962.

A cover version, recorded by James Taylor was released in 1985, becoming a huge AC hit, and performing moderately well on the Pop and Country charts. Don McLean also covered the song as did Erasure on their 2002 album Other People's Songs. John Denver and The Trashmen have also recorded it, as did indie rock band Rogue Wave. Rock band Pearl Jam performed a rendition live in Lubbock, Texas (Holly's birthplace). Also performed by Deep Purple live. A cover version was also recorded by hellogoodbye and released on their 2008 EP, Ukulele recordings. Phil Ochs covered a portion of the song as part of his 'Buddy Holly Medley' which appeared on 1974's Gunfight at Carnegie Hall LP.

The song has been featured in the 2003 movie Big Fish, in the 1997 cult film Gummo, in the season 4 episode of TV series Lost, "Cabin Fever", and in the movie Stand By Me. Rogue Wave's cover of "Everyday" also featured in the trailer for Anne Hathaway's 2008 film Rachel Getting Married. The group Fiction Family performed a cover of this song while on their original tour.


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