True Love Ways

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This article is about a song associated with Buddy Holly. For True Love Waits, see True Love Waits (disambiguation).
"True Love Ways"
Single by Buddy Holly
from the album The Buddy Holly Story, Vol. 2
B-side "That Makes It Tough"
Released June 29, 1960 (1960-06-29)
Recorded October 21, 1958, Pythian Temple studio, New York[1]
Genre Pop, soul
Length 2:47
Label Coral 9-62210
Writer(s) Buddy Holly, Norman Petty
Buddy Holly singles chronology
"Peggy Sue Got Married"
"True Love Ways""

"True Love Ways" is a song co-written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty and recorded with the Dick Jacobs Orchestra in October 1958, four months before the singer's death. Some argue that this song is the most played "first song" at weddings. It was first released on the posthumous "The Buddy Holly Story, Vol. 2" (Coral 57326/757326, March 1960). The song became a 1960 hit in Britain, reaching #25 on the pop singles chart.

In the extended version of the song, listeners can hear Holly preparing to sing. The audio starts with Norman Petty's wife (who also played on Buddy Holly's song "Everyday") saying "Yeah, we're rolling." A piano player and a tenor saxophone player start to play some notes, and Holly mutters "Okay," and clears his throat. The producer yells "Quiet, boys!" to everyone else in the room, and at the very end of the talkback, the producer says "Pitch, Ernie" to signal the piano player to give Holly his starting note, a B-flat.

Along with "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" and "Raining in My Heart", this song was recorded on what would be his last recording session before his untimely death on February 3rd, 1959.

The session took place at the Pythian Temple on October 21, 1958. The personnel present on that day were as followed: Al Caiola on guitar, Sanford Block on bass, Ernie Hayes on piano, Doris Johnson on harp, Abraham Richman on sax and Clifford Leeman on drums, and Sylvan Shulman, Leo Kruczek, Leonard Posner, Irving Spice, Ray Free, Herbert Bourne, Julius Held & Paul Winter on violins, David Schwartz & Howard Kay on violas, Maurice Brown & Maurice Bialkin on cellos

Buddy Holly wrote "True Love Ways" for his wife, Maria Elena Holly as a wedding gift. On April 29, 2011, Maria Elena Holly unveiled the never before seen "True Love Ways" photo of their wedding kiss, now displayed at P.J. Clarke's above Table 53, the very table where they became engaged while on their first date, on June 20, 1958.[2]

Single releases[edit]

  • USA: "True Love Ways" b/w "That Makes It Tough" (Coral C62210 - June 29, 1960)
  • UK: "True Love Ways" b/w "Moondreams" (Coral Q72397 20 May 1960)

Mickey Gilley version[edit]

"True Love Ways"
Single by Mickey Gilley
from the album That's All That Matters to Me
B-side "That's All That Matters to Me"
Released 1980
Genre Country
Length 2:54
Label Epic
Producer(s) Jim Ed Norman
Mickey Gilley singles chronology
"A Little Gettin' Used To"
"True Love Ways"
"Stand by Me"

Mickey Gilley, country singer, released a successful cover version in 1980 (during the height of his popularity). Gilley's version reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart in July 1980.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 66
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Preceded by
"You Win Again"
by Charley Pride
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

July 19, 1980
Succeeded by
"Bar Room Buddies"
by Merle Haggard and Clint Eastwood
Preceded by
by Waylon Jennings
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

August 16, 1980
Succeeded by
"Wayfaring Stranger"
by Emmylou Harris

Other notable versions[edit]

1960 UK sheet music cover, Southern Music Ltd., London.


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "True Love Ways Unveiled – Buddy Holly’s Great Music, Great Romance » Listen to Me". True Great Original. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 551. 
  4. ^ "Original versions of True Love Ways by Jackson Browne". SecondHandSongs. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  5. ^ "True Love Ways (song by Cliff Richard)". 1983-04-16. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  6. ^ Metcalfe, John (2010-09-23). "Creepy Egyptian Cheese Ads Explain Geopolitics - The Wire". Retrieved 2014-03-22. 

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