Peggy Sue <I>Gerron</I> Rackham

Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham

Birth
Olton, Lamb County, Texas, USA
Death 1 Oct 2018 (aged 78)
Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas, USA
Burial Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas, USA
Plot Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham is not buried at the City of Lubbock Cemetery.
Memorial ID 193692927 · View Source
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Musical icon, author. She was the Texas teenager who inspired "Peggy Sue", the 1958 Buddy Holly song by Holly's rock 'n' roll band, "The Crickets". The song was originally going to be titled "Cindy Lou" (after Holly's niece), but band drummer Jerry Allison wanted to impress his then-girlfriend Peggy Sue Gerron, so he convinced Buddy to change the song title. Holly, who also penned the song-sequel, "Peggy Sue Got Married," died in a Feb. 3, 1959, plane crash in Iowa. She and Allison were married through much of the 60s, but later divorced. She went on to become a dental assistant in California and re-married to Lynn Rackham. In 2008, she released her autobiography "Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue?: A Memoir by Buddy Holly's Peggy Sue" to mark the 50th anniversary of the song. Friends who particularly knew her as a ham radio enthusiast (K5PSG) remember how fascinated she would be in talking to people she had never met from around the world. Peggy Sue is survived by her son and daughter and multiple grandchildren.


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  • Created by: RAy&Jay
  • Added: 2 Oct 2018
  • Find a Grave Memorial 193692927
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham (15 Jun 1940–1 Oct 2018), Find a Grave Memorial no. 193692927, citing City of Lubbock Cemetery, Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by RAy&Jay (contributor 47475837) .