True Love Ways
|"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|
|Recorded||October 21, 1958, Pythian Temple studio, New York|
|Writer(s)||Buddy Holly, Norman Petty|
|Buddy Holly singles chronology|
"True Love Ways" is a song co-written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty and recorded with the Ray Ellis 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 some versions of the song, audio shows Holly preparing to sing and record, it starts with "Yeah, we're rolling," said by Norman Petty's wife, who also played on Buddy Holly's song "Everyday." A piano player and a tenor saxophone player start to play some notes, 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.
- 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
|"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"|
|Producer(s)||Jim Ed Norman|
|Mickey Gilley singles chronology|
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.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||66|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
"You Win Again"
by Charley Pride
|Billboard Hot Country Singles
July 19, 1980
"Bar Room Buddies"
by Merle Haggard and Clint Eastwood
by Waylon Jennings
|RPM Country Tracks
August 16, 1980
by Emmylou Harris
Other notable versions
- Bobby Vee recorded the song on his 1963 album I Remember Buddy Holly.
- Frank Ifield recorded it in the UK as the B-side of his October 1964, hit "Summer Is Over", on Columbia DB 7355.
- Peter and Gordon's 1965 Capitol remake hit #14 (US), which was also a hit for them in the UK during April, 1965 on Columbia DB 7524.
- Dick Rivers, a French singer, recorded an adaptation (in French) as "Ne pleure pas" (1965)
- Gary Busey made a cover version of this song in the biographic film The Buddy Holly Story (1978) and its album.
- Cliff Richard's cover version made the UK Singles Chart in April 1983, peaking at #8.
- Ricky Nelson's version is recorded in winter 1978/1979, but was left unreleased from the album Rockabilly Renaissance. It was released in May 1986 after Nelson's death on the album Memphis sessions.
- Joan Jett in the film Light of Day (1987) performed the song.
- Johnny Mathis on the 1989 album In the Still of the Night.
- David Essex and Catherine Zeta-Jones made a duet on his 1994 album.
- The Mavericks covered the song on their 1996 tribute album, Not Fade Away (Remembering Buddy Holly).
- Aaron Watson recorded a version of the song on his 2006 album, San Angelo.
- My Morning Jacket covered the song for the tribute album Rave On Buddy Holly, released in June 2011.
- Jimmy Jones released the song as part of a 45 single.
- Skeeter Davis recorded the song in 1967.
- Martina McBride recorded the song in 2005.
- Jackson Browne recorded a cover version for his September 2011 tribute album, Listen to Me: Buddy Holly.
- A series of commercials for the product Panda Cheese, from the Egyptian company Arab Dairy, uses the Buddy Holly & The Picks version of the song as the theme tune of its unpredictable and destructive panda mascot. The commercials featuring the song became an instant hit in the internet and now an internet meme.
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- "True Love Ways Unveiled – Buddy Holly’s Great Music, Great Romance » Listen to Me". True Great Original. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 551.
- "Original versions of True Love Ways by Jackson Browne". SecondHandSongs. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
- "True Love Ways (song by Cliff Richard)". Musicvf.com. 1983-04-16. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
- Metcalfe, John (2010-09-23). "Creepy Egyptian Cheese Ads Explain Geopolitics - The Wire". Theatlanticwire.com. Retrieved 2014-03-22.