Rave On

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“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 . . .”).  (More from Wikipedia)

The confusion spread to the general public as well, since some of his 45’s were released under the name Buddy Holly, and others as the Crickets (often with Holly’s name nowhere in sight, even as a songwriter).  In spite of this, Buddy Holly and/or the Crickets had numerous hit songs, among them “Not Fade Away”, “Everyday”, “Listen to Me”, “Oh Boy!”, “Peggy Sue”, “Maybe Baby”, “Rave On”, “Heartbeat”, and It’s So Easy


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Last edited: March 22, 2021