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Album This song officially appears on the Holly Days Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1977
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Heartbeat” is a rockabilly song credited to Bob Montgomery and Norman Petty and recorded originally by Buddy Holly in 1958. The B-side of the single was “Well… All Right” (Buddy Holly, Norman Petty, Jerry Allison, Joe Mauldin).

Hit versions

The last Buddy Holly single to be released during his lifetime, “Heartbeat” was only a minor hit in the US with a No. 82 Billboard Hot 100 peak.

The song had more chart impact in the UK reaching No. 30 first in January 1959, and again upon its April 1960 re-issue.

“Heartbeat” would subsequently reach the UK Top Ten twice. Firstly in 1975 for Showaddywaddy, No. 7 that September, and again in 1992 when the version Nick Berry recorded as the theme to the Heartbeat TV series (in which Berry starred) reached No. 2 that June. Earlier still, in February 1960, the song was a No. 33 UK hit single for The Dale Sisters on His Master’s Voice – POP 710 – when they were billed as the The England Sisters.

Cover versions

[…]┬áDenny Laine, guitarist of Wings and Moody Blues fame, covered the song on his 1977 Buddy Holly tribute Album Holly Days, produced by Paul McCartney. […]

Officially appears on

Holly Days

Official album • Released in 1977

2:35 • Studio version


2 Buddies On Holly Days

Unofficial album

2:51 • Rough mix

Studio Rarities Vol. 1

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

2:50 • Outtake • Rough Mix

Alone Together Vol.1

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

0:25 • Studio version • In A (Demo)

Wings At The Speed Of Sound - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

2:35 • Studio version

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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