The song "Peggy Sue" was written by Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison, and Norman Petty. It was originally called "Cindy Lou", named for Buddy’s niece, but was later changed to "Peggy Sue" in reference to Crickets drummer Jerry Allison‘s girlfriend (and future wife), Peggy Sue Gerron. The song went to #3 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1957. It is currently ranked as the 106th greatest song of all time, as well as the third best song of 1957, by Acclaimed Music.
Norman Petty in the Clovis recording studio control room.
Winfield Scott "Scotty" Moore III (December 27, 1931 – June 28, 2016)
(Variety) – Scotty Moore, the pioneering rock ‘n’ roll guitarist whose fluid picking propelled Elvis Presley’s first recordings for Sun Records, died Tuesday in Nashville, according to Memphis newspaper the Commercial Appeal.
Moore was a member of a local country combo in Memphis when he was drafted by Sun owner Sam Phillips to support with the young, untested teenage singer on his debut recordings.
His crisp, flowing, melodic guitar lines, heavily influenced by Chet Atkins’ early work but also infused with deep blues feeling, highlighted the singles issued by Sun during Presley’s rise to fame in 1954-55.
Moore went on to work behind Presley after he moved to major label RCA in 1956, appearing on such major hits as “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Blue Suede Shoes.” He also took supporting roles in several of Presley’s early feature films, and took a key instrumental role in his 1968 “comeback special.”
Scotty Moore was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
Mel Brooks belongs to an exclusive club of entertainers as the recipient of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. As a teenager, he was taught the drums by the great Buddy Rich. In 1961, his comedy career took a big step forward when he and fellow comic legend Carl Reiner created a comedy sketch called The 2000 Year Old Man.