After nearly 60 years, a rare footage of the late country music artists Buddy Holly singing “That’ll Be the Day” on the Ed Sullivan Show resurfaces and rocks the internet. That was something to reckon with!

The Iconic Ed Sullivan Show

Airing for more than two decades, The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety, and sketch comedy show broadcasted on CBS. Hosted by the great Ed Sullivan, the show started airing on June 20, 1948, and ended on June 6, 1971.

In 2002, The Ed Sullivan Show clinched the 15th spot on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. Meanwhile, 11 years later, the show placed no. 31 on TV Guide Magazine’s 60 Best Series of All Time.

Buddy Holly & The Crickets Perform on The Ed Sullivan Show

Aired on December 1, 1957, the great Buddy Holly and the talented The Crickets put the house down when they performed “That’ll Be the Day” on the show. They were all in uniform, wearing jet black suits with matching classy bowties. In addition, the crew of the band highlighted Holly’s classic rock and roll vocal style. Whereas, he delivered a rocking performance that transcended both time and genre. It is truly a blast from the past!

Check out this rare footage of Buddy Holly and The Crickets singing “That’ll Be the Day:”

“That’ll Be the Day”

Released in 1956, “That’ll Be the Day” was penned by Buddy Holly and Jerry Allison. It was first recorded by Holly and the Three Tunes. The following year, the song was re-recorded by Holly and his new band called The Crickets. This time, the song got greater acclaim and widespread success. Throughout time, the song has been covered by different artists from the different genres of music.

In 1969, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the 1957 recording Gold (for having over a million sales in the United States).

In 1998, the song was then inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. And later, in 2005, it was placed in the National Recording Registry (NRR). The NRR is a list of sound recordings that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.