The Beatles - Words Of Love

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Music video by The Beatles performing "Words Of Love"

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On Air - Live at the BBC Vol. 2 out now.


"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.

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.


This year’s holiday-timed Beatles release On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2 — the sequel to 1994?s Live At The BBC — is focused exclusively on the teeny-bopping, moptopping 1963-64 era. So the video for Buddy Holly cover “Words Of Love” naturally zeroes in on the peak of Beatlemania, before psychedelics and facial hair entered the picture. There’s also some zany animation. Watch above and marvel that this stuff happened 50 years ago.
-- Stereogum

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