That'll Be The Day

Composer: Buddy Holly / Jerry Allison

Grateful Dead

No Grateful Dead recordings.


This list is not intended to be comprehensive.

no info Single, Crickets, 1957
info Chirping Crickets, Buddy Holly, 1957
info Great! Great! Great!, Pat Boone, 1961
no info Last Kiss, J. Frank Wilson, 1964
info Rock 'N' Soul, Everly Brothers, 1965
no info Skeeter Davis Sings Buddy Holly, Skeeter Davis, 1967
no info Rockin' 50's Rock 'n' Roll, Crickets, 1970
no info The Bunch, The Bunch, 1972
no info Hasten Down The Wind, Linda Ronstadt, 1976
no info If The Shoe Fits, Pure Praire League, 1976
no info The Buddy Holly Story Soundtrack, 1978
info Permanent Wave, Dillard-Hartford-Dillard, 1980
info Glitter Grass from the Nashwood Hollyville Strings / Permanent Wave, Dillard-Hartford-Dillard, 1992
no info Greatest Hits, Buddy Holly, 1995
no info Anthology 1, Beatles, 1995
no info Early Rockin' Years, Bobby Vee, 1995
info 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Buddy Holly, 1999
info Skeeter Davis Sings Buddy Holly / Skeeter Sings Dolly, Skeeter Davis, 1999
info Concert Classics, Vol. 1, Pure Prairie League, 1999
info Americas Top Ten Through The Years: Box Set, Various Artists (Buddy Holly), 2000
info Gold, Buddy Holly, 2005
info Rock 'n' Soul / Beat & Soul, The Everly Brothers, 2005
no info The Definitive Collection, Buddy Holly, 2006
info The Price of Fame 1960-1965, The Everly Brothers, 2006
info 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of 50s Rock N Roll, Various Artists (Buddy Holly), 2006


Played once by the Grateful Dead in 1969 with members of Jefferson Airplane. Also rehearsed in 1975.

Initially recorded by The Crickets in July 1956 but this version was not released. They then changed record companies and recorded the song again in February 1957. This version was released, in May 1957, by the Crickets (before becoming Buddy Holly and the Crickets) and reached number one in both the US and UK charts. The B-side was I'm Looking For Someone To Love.

The title was taken from a line spoken by John Wayne, playing Ethan Edwards, in John Ford's film The Searchers.

First song ever recorded by the Beatles (then the Quarry Men) - a demo they paid for in August 1958.