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The song was originally recorded by Sonny West in the late 1950s but did not achieve commercial success. It was later recorded by Buddy Hollyand the Crickets between June 29 and July 1, 1957, at Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico, with Holly singing lead vocals and the Picks providing backing vocals. The song is in an A-A-B-A format with a 12-bar blues verse and an 8-bar bridge. (Holly also covered another West song, "Rave On".)
"Oh Boy!" was covered by British glam rock group Mud. It reached number 1 for two weeks on the UK Singles Chart in May 1975. It was the band's third and final UK number one. It was included on their album Mud Rock Volume 2, which reached number 6 in the UK Albums Chart. Other versions include:
Sonny West recorded a demo version in February 1957 as "All My Love" on acetate, released in 2002.