Have Love, Will Travel

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"Have Love, Will Travel"
Richard Berry Flip 349 Label Scan.jpg
Single by Richard Berry
B-side "No Room"
Released November 1959
Format Vinyl single
Length 2:35
Label Flip 349
Songwriter(s) Richard Berry
Richard Berry singles chronology
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"Besame Mucho" "Have Love, Will Travel" "I'll Never Ever Love Again"

"Have Love, Will Travel" is a 1959 song written and recorded by Richard Berry.[1] Berry also wrote and originally performed the classic hit "Louie Louie". The title is a based on a popular television/radio western serial Have Gun, Will Travel.

The Sonics version[edit]

In its best known incarnation, garage-rock protopunkers, The Sonics, covered the song on their 1965 album, Here Are The Sonics. Driven by haphazardly recorded fuzz guitar, a big driving drum sound, screaming vocals and a dirty saxophone break, it epitomized their sound at that time. The Sonics changed the chord progression from the original G-Am-Bb-Am, a 1-2m-m3-2m progression, to a basic 1-4-5-4 progression, which in G would be simply G-C-D-C. This is the version that virtually all other artists copied.

Other versions[edit]

  • The song was released by Paul Revere and the Raiders as a 1964 B-side.
  • Other notable 60s cover versions include the Gallahads (1964), Hollywood Hurricanes (UK, 1964), Imperialites (1964), Lee Maye (1964), Off-Beats (1964), and Sano and the Saints Five (1966).
  • Stiv Bators as a 1986 B-side.
  • Crazyhead on a 1989 EP.
  • Thee Headcoatees on their 1992 album Have Love Will Travel.
  • Blood Sausage on their 1993 release Happy Little Bullshit Boy.
  • Hot Boogie Chillun on their Sweets album in 1996.
  • The Brandos on their 1998 release Nowhere Zone (although it was originally recorded for their ill-fated Trial By Fire album in 1989).
  • Blues rockers The Black Keys on their 2003 album Thickfreakness, their 7" vinyl single, and their 2004 EP The Moan.
  • Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts in 2005 (who named a tour with Dan Aykroyd "The Have Love Will Travel Revue").
  • Japanese group Portugal Japan on their eponymous 2005 album.
  • Danish retro rock band The Blue Van on their 2005 album The Art of Rolling.
  • Lady Dottie and the Diamonds on their eponymous 2008 album.
  • In 2011, Diesel recorded and released a version as the lead single from his EP 7 Axes.
  • Dutch funk band Lefties Soul Connection on their 2011 album One Punch Pete, featuring Flo Mega.
  • A version by Sky Saxon, lead singer of The Seeds, was released in 2011.
  • The Portland band Guitarwhals released a version in 2015.[2]
  • The Vinylos on their 2013 EP No Trash.
  • Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed it at times on their anti-heroic 1988 Tunnel of Love Express tour; the song appears on a 2015 release from the tour: LA Sports Arena, California, 1988.[3]

Television and movies[edit]

  • The Sonics version appears in the movies RocknRolla (2008), How To Be (2008), and Tournée (2010), and in the television series Misfits (2011).
  • Since 2007, a recording of the song has been used by LV=, the UK financial services group, in its television advertising for car insurance.
  • The Basics from Melbourne, Australia covered the song on their 2007 album Stand Out/Fit In and their 2010 live album, and this version was used in an episode of the David Duchovny series Californication.
  • The song was used in the BBC series Three Men in More Than One Boat.
  • September 2014 in a promo for season four of the CNN series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
  • October 2014 by ESPN for their tennis broadcast ads.
  • A version by Hard Livings is on the soundtrack of the 2015 film Man Up.