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Peggy Sue Gerron, Who Inspired Buddy Holly’s 1957 Hit Song, Dies at Age 78

Updated On 03 Oct, 2018 Published On

Peggy Sue Gerron, the woman who inspired Buddy Holly’s 1957 hit song “Peggy Sue,” has died at a Lubbock hospital, multiple sources have confirmed. She was 78.

According to UMC spokesman Eric Finley, she died on Monday, October 1, at University Medical Center in Texas. The hospital permission by her family to confirm the death.

However, they were asked not to give additional information about Peggy's passing. Thus, the cause of death has not been disclosed yet.

Peggy released her autobiography, 'Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue?' in 2008 to mark the 50th anniversary of the song.

Born in Olton, Texas, Peggy moved to Lubbock to attend high school and met Buddy Holly and his friends.

She said about her book, "I wanted to give him his voice. It’s my book, my memoirs. We were very, very good friends. He was probably one of the best friends I ever had."

Peggy married drummer Jerry Allison, who is from Holly’s rock’n’roll band the Crickets. The later got a divorce.

Her son-in-law Tom Stathos told KCBD-TV in Lubbock on Monday that the song Peggy Sue initially had a different name.

Tom said, "It was originally going to be Cindy Lou (Holly’s niece) and that he (Allison) wanted to impress Peggy Sue so he got Buddy to change the name."

The memorial service of Peggy will be announced in the coming days.

Rest In Peace Peggy Sue Gerron!

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