25 Women Who've Inspired Famous Pop Songs

Peggy Sue Gerron

Song She Inspired: Buddy Holly - "Peggy Sue" (1957)
Highest Position on the Billboard Hot 100: 3

"Peggy Sue" started out as "Cindy Lou," which might have been a better title for the Dr. Seuss audience. But at the time Holly was writing it, his drummer Jerry Allison was actually romancing Peggy Sue Gerron. Rename your surefire hit single to help a drummer out? Seemed the honorable thing to do. And it worked—Jerry and Peggy Sue did indeed get married. But that's another song (and it failed to chart).

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