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|name=Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham​
|name=Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham​
(Inspiration for the Buddy Holly song, "Peggy Sue")​
(Inspiration for the Buddy Holly 1958 song, "Peggy Sue")​
|birth_date=June 15, 1940​
|birth_date=June 15, 1940​
|birth_place=Olton, Lamb County<br>[[Texas]]​
|birth_place=Olton, Lamb County<br>[[Texas]]​

Revision as of 11:47, 4 October 2018

Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham​

(Inspiration for the Buddy Holly 1958 song, "Peggy Sue")​

Born June 15, 1940​
Olton, Lamb County
Died October 1, 2018 (aged 78)​
Lubbock, Texas​

Resting place: City of Lubbock Cemetery

Spouse (1) Jerry Allison (divorced)

(2) ____ Rackham​
Two children from second marriage

Peggy Sue Gerron Allison Rackham (June 15, 1940 – October 1, 2018) was as a high school senior the inspiration for the popular 1958 Buddy Holly song, "Peggy Sue."

A native of rural Olton in Lamb County in west Texas, Gerron was a daughter of John Wellborn Gerron (1904-1963) and the former Lillie Ceclia Rieger (1910-2002).[1] By the time that she entered high school, the family relocated to nearby Lubbock. At the time the song was recorded, Gerron was dating Jerry Allison, the drummer for Holly's band, The Crickets. The couple married after she graduated from Lubbock High School but later divorced. She attended Pasadena Junior College in Pasadena, California, and became a dental assistant. From a second marriage to a man named Rackham, she had a son and a daughter whose married name is Stathos. She helped Rackham to establish a successful plumbing business and became the first licensed woman plumber in California.[2]

In 1995, Gerron Rackham returned to Lubbock to care for her aging mother, who died seven years later. In the late 1990s, she was a frequent guest on radio station KDAV, which called itself "The Buddy Holly Station" though Holly never worked there. The station has since closed. She remained in Lubbock until her death there at the age of seventy-eight.[2] A memorial service will be held on October 13, 2018, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers in Lubbock.[3] Along with her parents, she is interred at the City of Lubbock Cemetery.[1]

The 1986 film, Peggy Sue Got Married, featured actress Kathleen Turner as a 43-year-old "Peggy Sue" who faints during her 25th high school reunion, believes that she has returned to her past, and reconsiders some of her earlier decisions. In 2008, Gerron published an autobiography, Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue?: A Memoir by Buddy Holly's Peggy Sue, to mark the 50th anniversary of the song.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on October 4, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Peggy Sue Gerron, inspiration for Buddy Holly song, dies. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (October 1, 2018). Retrieved on October 4, 2018.
  3. Peggy Gerron "Peggy Sue" Rackham. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (October 4, 2018).

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