Peggy Sue Gerron (left) and Maria Elena Holly (right)
Maria Elena Holly, 62, the widow of the late rock and roll legend Buddy Holly, has made a career out of protecting her late husband’s legacy, and she’s not about to let some small town Texas woman named Peggy Sue tarnish his reputation.
Peggy Sue Gerron, 67, made famous by Holly’s hit song “Peggy Sue” has written a book titled “Whaever Happened to Peggy Sue?” which she says is a memoir taken from about 150 diary entries made during the time she spent with Holly.
Maria Elena Holly claims the book is full of lies and that Buddy Holly never considered Peggy Sue a friend. She has instructed lawyers to oppose the publication of the book, which she says is unauthorized and will harm Holly’s name, damage her reputation and the reputation of her company, Holly Properties, which collects royalties and governs the use of the musician’s image.
The song that made the Lubbock, TX woman famous was originally titled “Cindy Lou” after Holly’s niece, but Jerry Allison, the drummer of Holly’s band, the Crickets, asked him to change the title and lyrics because he had a crush on Gerron at the time. Jerry and Peggy Sue were later married. Shortly after, Buddy Holly met Maria Elena Santiago, and they also married. Although the men remained friends, the relationship between the two women was always strained.
Gerron says she has every right to write her book, and that the potential lawsuit is “just another matter.”
View a video of Buddy Holly and the Crickets performing “Peggy Sue” below.