Peggy Sue Gerron, who inspired one of the most famous songs of the '50s, and later a hit '80s movie, died Monday in Lubbock, Texas. She was 78.
Buddy Holly's high school friend, who became the first wife of Crickets' drummer Jerry Allison, inspired the song "Peggy Sue," later worked as a dental assistant and -- after marrying her second husband -- became the first licensed woman plumber in California.
But she never lost her ties to Lubbock's most famous musical sons. Gerron served as a consultant to several theatrical productions of the stage musical, Buddy. In 2008, she published her memoir Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue. Five years later, she announced plans for a series of mystery-themed comic books, including one about the plane crash that's now remembered as "The Day the Music Died."
And she had serious issues with the movie The Buddy Holly Story. Her name also inspired the 1986 film Peggy Sue Got Married, starring Kathleen Turner and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)
In 2008, Peggy Sue Gerron told us the movie The Buddy Holly Story played fast and loose with the facts. OC...been no music. :27 [phone quality]
"When Buddy got killed, that was the end of it, until along came a movie called The Buddy Holly Story. And Maria Elena and the writers put together the Buddy Holly movie, which was an absolute embarrassment to Mr. and Mrs Holly, his brother Travis and Pat, his sister. There was no mention of Mr and Mrs Norman Petty, who was the recording genius. Had Norman Petty not been involved in Buddy Holly's life, there would have been no music."