Buddy Holly's Widow Sues "Peggy Sue"

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Buddy Holly's widow wants to keep a woman made famous by the song "Peggy Sue" from selling a book about her friendship with the late rock 'n' roller.

Maria Elena Holly of Dallas Friday said Peggy Sue Gerron's "Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue?" is unauthorized.

The widow also says the book by the Lubbock woman will harm Holly's name, her reputation and that of her company, Holly Properties.

Maria Elena Holly -- who owns the rights to her late spouse's name, image and trademarks -- says he "never, never considered Peggy Sue a friend."

Gerron says she wrote the book because 2008 is the 50th anniversary of the release of "Peggy Sue."

The widow's attorney has sent a cease & desist letter to TogiEntertainment of Oklahoma City. But CEO Mark Faulk says the threat of a lawsuit won't deter Gerron or his publishing company.

Holly died in a 1959 plane crash in Iowa.


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