Girls! Girls! Girls!- “Peggy Sue”- Buddy Holly. One of the most famous- and best songs with a girls name in the title has to be Buddy Holly’s “Peggy Sue.” It was originally “Cindy Lou”- after Buddy’s niece. The song went to #3 in 1957. Rolling Stone ranked it at #194 on their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list.
Buddy Holly wrote this song as “Cindy Lou.” It went:
If you knew Cindy Lou
Then you’d know why I feel blue without Cindy
When his drummer, Jerry Allison, heard it, he asked Buddy if he would change the name to “Peggy Sue” after a girl he had dated named Peggy Sue Gerron. Holly agreed; the song probably wouldn’t be heard outside of Lubbock, Texas, and it would really mean some brownie points for Jerry. The gambit worked for Allison: he and Peggy Sue eloped in 1958, but they divorced nine years later.
Peggy Sue Gerron died in 2018.