Namesake Behind One of World's Most Famous Love Songs Dies at 78

October 01, 2018Oct 01, 2018

On Monday, October 1, the sad news was revealed that Peggy Sue, the real person behind the world-famous song named after her, passed away. She was 78 years old at the time of her death. 

Peggy Sue has been a household name since the release of Buddy Holly's wildly popular song named after her in 1957. "Peggy Sue" rose to the top of the charts and has been considered a classic ever since. 

While "Peggy Sue" was a love song performed by Buddy Holly, the real Peggy wasn't actually the lead singer's love interest. Rather, she was reportedly in a relationship with Jerry Allison, the "Crickets" drummer.

Peggy Sue Gerron was born in 1940 and grew up in Lubbock, Texas. She reportedly went to Lubbock High School with Buddy Holly and later married Jerry Allison. She was a senior in high school when the group's famous song became internationally known. 

Following the death of Buddy, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Richardson, the "Crickets" came back together. During that season, Peggy Sue traveled with them on tour. Later, she and Jerry Allison went through a divorce. 

Peggy Sue went on to attend a junior college to become a dental assistant, get remarried, and have two children. She supported her husband in the pursuit of his plumbing business,  and she eventually became the first licensed woman plumber in California! 

Sadly, Peggy Sue has passed away. Little information has been reported as of Monday afternoon regarding the nature of Peggy's death. 

Below is the video that made Peggy Sue a household name:

Do you love this song? Have you ever thought about who the real Peggy Sue was? Please share your prayers for her family during this difficult time. In other recent news, a beloved host of a wildly popular TV show just passed away as well. Please keep both families in your prayers this week.