Oh, Boy!" was written by Sonny West, Bill Tilghman and Norman Petty. The song was originally recorded by Sonny West in the late 1950s but failed to achieve any 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".)Buddy Holly performing "Oh, Boy!" on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1957
The song appeared 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 #10 on the US Charts, and #3 on the UK Charts in early 1958.
Mud version[edit source | edit]Edit
"Oh Boy" was covered by British glam rock group Mud. It reached #1 for two weeks in May 1975. It was the band's third and final UK number one. It featured on their album Mud Rock Volume 2, which reached #6 in the UK charts.
Other versions[edit source | edit]Edit
- Jackie DeShannon released a version of the song on her Breakin' It Up On the Beatles Tour! album (1964).
- Bobby Vee recorded the song in 1963.
- Paul Rich in 1958.
- The Everly Brothers recorded the song in 1967.
- Skeeter Davis released a version of the song in 1967.
- The virtual synthpop band Silicon Teens cover the title 1980 on their album Music for Parties, which features Rock´n´Roll Classics as New Wave tracks.
- Melanie released a version of the song in 1978, as did the Stray Cats in 1996.
- The song was "revived" in an offbeat power ballad version by Starbabies that hit the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in 1979.
- Wanda Jackson in 1982.
- Sir Douglas Quintet in 1983.
- Alvin and the Chipmunks in the 1989 Alvin and the Chipmunks episode "Alvin in Neverland".
- Connie Francis in 1996.
- Sonny Curtis recorded a demo version in February, 1957 as "All My Love" on acetate, released in 2002.
- Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell in 2004.
- John Prine with The Crickets in 2004.
- Christian punk rock band MxPx covered the song on their 1995 covers EP On The Cover.
- Hank Marvin did an instrumental version of the song on Hank Plays Holly in 1996. The Shadows had also recorded the song in 1982.
- The Grateful Dead performed their version of the song many times while touring.