Oh, Boy! (The Crickets song)

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"Oh, Boy!"
Oh, Boy! The Crickets 1957 45.jpg
Single by the Crickets
from the album The "Chirping" Crickets
B-side "Not Fade Away"
Released October 27, 1957
December 22, 1957 (UK)
Format 7" single
Recorded June 29 – July 1, 1957, Clovis, New Mexico
Genre Rock and roll, rockabilly
Length 2:10
Label Brunswick 9-55035
Songwriter(s) Sonny West, Bill Tilghman, Norman Petty
Producer(s) Norman Petty
The Crickets singles chronology
"That'll Be the Day"
"Oh, Boy!"
"Maybe Baby"

"Oh, Boy!" is a song written by Sonny West, Bill Tilghman and Norman Petty. It was originally recorded by Sonny West in the late 1950s but did not achieve commercial success. It was later recorded by Buddy Holly and the Crickets between June 29 and July 1, 1957, at Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico, with Holly singing lead vocals and the Picks providing backing vocals. The song is in an A-A-B-A format with a 12-bar blues verse and an 8-bar bridge. (Holly also covered another West song, "Rave On".)

The song was included on the album The "Chirping" Crickets and was also released as the A-side of a single, with "Not Fade Away" as the B-side. The song peaked at number 10 on the US charts, and number 3 on the UK charts in early 1958. (See 1958 in music for more context.)

Mud version

"Oh Boy!" was covered by British glam rock group Mud. It reached number 1 for two weeks on the UK Singles Chart in May 1975.[1] It was the band's third and final UK number one. It was included on their album Mud Rock Volume 2, which reached number 6 in the UK Albums Chart.[2]

Other versions


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records. p. 495. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records. p. 382. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ "Cover versions of Oh, Boy! by The Crickets". SecondHandSongs. Retrieved 2014-03-27.


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