It's So Easy! (The Crickets song)

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"It's So Easy!"
Buddy Holly Its so easy 45.jpg
Single by The Crickets
B-side "Lonesome Tears"
Released 1958 (1958)
Format 45-rpm record
Recorded June–August 1958, Clovis, New Mexico
Genre Rock and roll
Label Brunswick
Songwriter(s) Buddy Holly, Norman Petty
Producer(s) Norman Petty
The Crickets singles chronology
"Think It Over"
"It's So Easy!"
"Love's Made a Fool of You"
"Think It Over"
"It's So Easy!"
"Love's Made a Fool of You"

"It's So Easy!" is a rock-and-roll song written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty. It was originally released as a single in 1958 by the Crickets, which failed to chart. it was the final release by the Crickets when Holly was still in the band.

A cover version of the song by Linda Ronstadt in 1977 was a Top Five hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Paul McCartney controls the publishing rights to the song through MPL Communications.

The Crickets version[edit]


The song was recorded by Holly and the Crickets from June to August 1958 at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico.

Holly lip-synched to recordings of "It's So Easy!" and his song "Heartbeat" on the television program American Bandstand on October 28, 1958.

The Crickets recorded "It's So Easy!" for Brunswick Records, which released it as a 45-rpm single in 1958. It did not chart. The B-side was "Lonesome Tears". Tommy Allsup played the lead guitar parts on both recordings.

Linda Ronstadt version[edit]

"It's So Easy"
It's So Easy Linda Ronstadt Asylum 45.jpg
Single by Linda Ronstadt
from the album Simple Dreams
B-side "Lo Siento Mi Vida"
Released September 20, 1977
Format 7-inch single
Genre Rock
Length 2:27
Label Asylum
Producer(s) Peter Asher
Linda Ronstadt singles chronology
"Blue Bayou"
"It's So Easy"
"Poor Poor Pitiful Me"
"Blue Bayou"
"It's So Easy"
"Poor Poor Pitiful Me"


Linda Ronstadt recorded "It's So Easy" in 1977 for her album Simple Dreams, produced by Peter Asher. Her recording was released as a single by Asylum Records in the autumn of that year. It hit the Billboard Top Five simultaneously with her recording of "Blue Bayou". It also reached number 9 in Canada and number 11 in the United Kingdom.[1][2] Ronstadt's version was used in the 2005 film Brokeback Mountain.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1977–78) Peak
Belgium[3] 4
Canada 9
Denmark[4] 6
Germany[5] 47
Netherlands 13
New Zealand[6] 11
Switzerland [7] 6
UK 11
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 5
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 37
U.S. Billboard Country 81

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1977) Rank
Canada [9] 107
Chart (1978) Rank
Canada [10] 178
Switzerland [11] 26
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[12] 90

Other versions[edit]



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  • Bustard, Anne (2005). Buddy: The Story of Buddy Holly. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4223-9302-4.
  • Dawson, Jim; Leigh, Spencer (1996). Memories of Buddy Holly. Big Nickel Publications. ISBN 978-0-936433-20-2.
  • Gerron, Peggy Sue (2008). Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue? Togi Entertainment. ISBN 978-0-9800085-0-0.
  • Goldrosen, John (1975). Buddy Holly: His Life and Music. Popular Press. ISBN 0-85947-018-0.
  • Goldrosen, John; Beecher, John (1996). Remembering Buddy: The Definitive Biography. New York: Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-80715-7.
  • Gribbin, John (2009). Not Fade Away: The Life and Music of Buddy Holly. London: Icon Books. ISBN 978-1-84831-034-6.

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