Words of Love

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This article is about the Buddy Holly song. For the 1993 Buddy Holly compilation album, see Words of Love (album). For The Mamas and the Papas song, see Words of Love (The Mamas & the Papas song).
"Words of Love"
1957 45 release on Coral Records
Single by Buddy Holly
B-side "Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues"
Released June 20, 1957
Format 7" single
Recorded April 8, 1957
Genre Rock and roll
Length 1:56
Label Coral 61852
Writer(s) Buddy Holly
Producer(s) Norman Petty
Buddy Holly singles chronology
"That'll Be the Day"
(with The Crickets)
(1957)
"Words of Love"
(1957)
"Rock Around With Ollie Vee"
(1957)
"Words of Love"
Song by The Beatles from the album Beatles for Sale
Released December 4, 1964
Recorded October 18, 1964
Genre Rock and roll
Length 2:12 (mono), 2:02 (stereo)
Label Parlophone
Writer Buddy Holly
Producer George Martin
Beatles for Sale track listing

"Words of Love" is a song written by Buddy Holly and recorded by him on April 8, 1957. Holly harmonized for himself, by tape-recording each part and combining them. The song was not a notable hit for Holly, although it is regarded as one of his important recordings, and is available in most standard Holly collections.[1]

A version by The Diamonds, released on May 20, 1957 on Mercury Records, reached number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100 in July, 1957. The Diamonds also performed the song live on the ABC television show Circus Time on June 27, 1957 and included the song on the 1962 Mercury LP album Pop Hits, MGW 12178.

1957 45 single release by The Diamonds, Mercury 71128X45. The songwriting credit was "Buddy Holley" on the label.

A 1993 eponymous compilation album released by PolyGram in the UK reached no. 1 and was certified Gold.[2]

The Beatles' version[edit]

The song was also covered by The Beatles on the album Beatles for Sale. In the United States, it was on the album Beatles VI. It was also on Beatles for Sale No. 2, a 7" extended play released in 1965 on Parlophone/EMI. The Beatles' version was recorded on October 18, 1964. John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who were fans of Holly, harmonized on their version, holding to the vocal and instrumental sound of Holly's original as well as they could. When they had played this song in their early days at the Cavern Club in 1961 and 1962, Lennon and George Harrison were the vocalists. Ringo Starr played a packing case on this song as well as drums, to achieve a similar sound to Holly's "Everyday."[3]

Other recordings[edit]

A 1963 performance of "Words of Love" recorded for BBC broadcast is included on the 2013 compilation On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2. The recording also appeared on a 5 song promotional EP from the album.

Other cover versions[edit]

  • Jessica Lea Mayfield covered the song for the Starbucks compilation Sweetheart: Our Favorite Artists Sing Their Favorite Love Songs.
  • Paul McCartney recorded a version in 1985 on acoustic guitar which was featured in the documentary The Real Buddy Holly Story.
  • Pat DiNizio covered the song for his tribute CD, Pat DiNizio/Buddy Holly, in 2009.
  • Power Pop band Shoes covered the tune for the 1989 Buddy Holly tribute album Everyday Is A Holly-Day.
  • Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs released a recording of the song in 1964 on the album Buddy's Buddy.
  • Mike Berry released the song in 1999 on the tribute album Buddy---A Life in Music on the Hallmark label.[4]
  • The Pete Best Band recorded the song in 1999.
  • Jeremy Jay recorded the song in 2009.
  • Patti Smith's cover of the song is featured on the 2011 release Rave on Buddy Holly, a tribute album featuring performances of Holly's music by various artists.
  • Jeff Lynne contributed a cover version for the tribute album, Listen to Me: Buddy Holly released in September 2011.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Song artist 320 - Buddy Holly. tsort.org.
  2. ^ Album artist 211 - Buddy Holly. tsort.org.
  3. ^ MacDonald, Ian (2005). Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties (Second Revised ed.). London: Pimlico (Rand). pp. 140–141. ISBN 1-84413-828-3. 
  4. ^ Second Hand Songs: Words of Love.

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