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".)

[1][2]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. 

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"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.

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