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"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.[2]

"Maybe Baby"
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Single by the Crickets
from the album The "Chirping" Crickets
B-side"Tell Me How"
Recorded29 September 1957, Tinker Air Force Base, Midwest City, Oklahoma
GenreRock and roll
LabelBrunswick 9-55053
Songwriter(s)Buddy Holly and Norman Petty
Producer(s)Norman Petty[1]
the Crickets singles chronology
"Oh, Boy!"
"Maybe Baby"
"Think It Over"


1957 sheet music cover, Nor Va Jak Music, New York

"Maybe Baby", originally recorded by Holly and the Crickets in 1957,[3] 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.[4] The rather simple lyrics are augmented by a twangy percussive accompaniment, characteristic of rockabilly,[1] 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: Also, another link about the song being recorded at Tinker AFB:




  1. ^ a b Norman Petty interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  2. ^ Song artist 320 – Buddy Holly.
  3. ^ Buddy Holly: The Complete Works.
  4. ^ Song artist 320 – Buddy Holly.
  5. ^ Maybe Baby. Second Hand Songs.
  6. ^ "Joe Jonas Talks DNCE's 'Grease: Live' Cameo". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 1 February 2016.


  • Amburn, Ellis (1996). Buddy Holly: A Biography. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0-312-14557-6.
  • Bustard, Anne (2005). Buddy: The Story of Buddy Holly. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4223-9302-4.
  • Dawson, Jim; Leigh, Spencer (1996). Memories of Buddy Holly. Big Nickel Publications. ISBN 978-0-936433-20-2.
  • Goldrosen, John; Beecher, John (1996). Remembering Buddy: The Definitive Biography. New York: Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-80715-7.
  • Goldrosen, John (1975). Buddy Holly: His Life and Music. Popular Press. ISBN 0-85947-018-0

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