|Single by Buddy Holly|
|B-side||"Take Your Time"|
|Released||April 20, 1958
June 6, 1958 (UK)
|Recorded||January 1958, Bell Sound Studios, New York City, New York|
|Genre||Rock and roll|
Coral Q 72325 (UK)
|Buddy Holly singles chronology|
"Rave On" is a 1958 song written by Sonny West, Bill Tilghman and Norman Petty, first recorded by Sonny West (released February 1958, Atlantic 45-1174). The hit version was recorded later that same year by Buddy Holly, and was one of his six songs that charted in 1958. Holly is instantly recognizable as the artist; the record begins with the drawn-out "Well…" as stylized by Holly's trademark hiccup ("Weh-uh-heh-uh-ell…").
Most of Holly's records were produced by his manager Norman Petty in New Mexico, but "Rave On" was recorded in New York by producer-bandleader Milton DeLugg. Holly's rendition is ranked #154 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The title was inspired by the 1956 Sun Records recording "Dixie Fried" by Carl Perkins, which uses the refrain "rave on."
The B side was the Buddy Holly composition "Take Your Time".
"Rave On" has also been covered by Bruce Springsteen with the E Street Band, Commander Cody, Status Quo, M. Ward, and folk-rock band Steeleye Span. It was a hit for The Delta Cross Band in Denmark in 1980.
Joe Meek produced a version with singer Michael Cox, released in 1964 (b/w "Just Say Hello" HMV POP1293 A).
The Real Kids recorded a cover version on their 1977 self-titled album.
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