Maybe Baby (song)
"Maybe Baby" is a rock-and-roll song written by Buddy Holly and the producer Norman Petty and recorded by Holly and the Crickets in 1957. The single, credited to the Crickets, was a Top 40 hit in the U.S., the UK, and Canada.
|Single by the Crickets|
|from the album The "Chirping" Crickets|
|B-side||"Tell Me How"|
|Recorded||29 September 1957, Tinker Air Force Base, Midwest City, Oklahoma|
|Genre||Rock and roll|
|Songwriter(s)||Buddy Holly and Norman Petty|
|the Crickets singles chronology|
"Maybe Baby", originally recorded by Holly and the Crickets in 1957, reached number 17 on the US charts and number 4 on the UK charts; Holly toured in the UK that year (see Buddy Holly discography). The single also reached number 8 on the Billboard R&B chart and number 9 on the Canadian charts. The rather simple lyrics are augmented by a twangy percussive accompaniment, characteristic of rockabilly, which is especially effective in the 8-bar instrumental introduction and the short conclusion.
"Maybe Baby" was recorded at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Oklahoma in the wee hours of September 29, 1957, while Buddy Holly and The Crickets were on a tour (and played that same night, at Oklahoma City Municipal Auditorium with the Show Of Stars '57). Jerry Allison from The Crickets personally remembers that the song, along with 3 others, was recorded there at Tinker Air Force Base. Graham Pugh, a Buddy Holly researcher from the Oklahoma City area, also has seen airplane tickets documenting the fact that Buddy Holly and The Crickets landed at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City on September 28, 1957. For more information on this, please see link: http://newsok.com/article/3316008. Also, another link about the song being recorded at Tinker AFB: http://www.tinker.af.mil/Home/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/6555/Article/387289/buddy-holly-recording-now-fixed-to-tinker-with-help-of-local-historian.aspx
- Jackie DeShannon released a version of the song on her 1964 album Breakin' It Up On the Beatles Tour!
- The folksinger Phil Ochs played the song in concert in early 1970, when Ochs was using electric instruments and covered many songs from the 1950s.
- The band Gallery released a cover version on its 1972 album Nice to Be with You.
- The country music artist Susie Allanson released a cover in 1978, which reached number 7 on the U.S. Country chart and number 14 on the Canadian country chart.
- Bobby Vee released a version in 1963.
- The Hollies recorded the song in 1980.
- The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band covered the song in 1996.
- Skeeter Davis recorded the song in 1967.
- Brian May, formerly the guitarist for the band Queen, covered the song as the B-side of his single "Business" in 1998 and included it on his EMI album Red Special, released only in Japan.
- Paul McCartney covered the song on the soundtrack for the British film Maybe Baby.
- Hank Marvin released a version of the song in 1996.
- Esquerita covered the song for the album Esquerita! in 2010.
- Pat Monahan, of the band Train, contributed a cover version to the tribute album Listen to Me: Buddy Holly, released in 2011.
- The Beatles recorded the song on January 29, 1969, during the Let It Be–Get Back sessions.
- The Serbian band Eva Braun covered the song in an acoustic session in 1993.
- Connie Francis recorded the song in 1996.
- Don McLean recorded the song in 1989.
- The Beatles jammed a version at Apple during the Get Back sessions (Sulpy and Schweighardt 29.8)
- DNCE performed a cover of the song for the January 31, 2016, special Grease: Live, portraying Johnny Casino and the Gamblers.
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