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Rave On

Album This song officially appears on the Holly Days Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1977

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“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.”

Paul McCartney and Denny Laine recorded the song for Denny’s 1977 cover album of Holly’s songs, “Holly Days“.

Paul McCartney performed “Rave On” live during several of the Buddy Holly Weeks he organised over the years.

Last updated on March 3, 2020

Lyrics

We-a-he-a-hell, the little things you say and do
Make me want to be with you-ah-ou
Rave on, it's a crazy feelin' and
I know it's got me reelin'
I'm so glad that you're revealin'
Your love for me
Rave on, rave on and tell me
Tell me not to be lonely
Tell me you love me only
Rave on for me
Rave on, it's a crazy feelin' and
I know it's got me reelin'
I'm so glad that you're revealin'
Your love for me
Rave on, rave on and tell me
Tell me not to be lonely
Tell me you love me only
Rave on for me

Officially appears on


Holly Days

Official album • Released in 1977

1:55 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Background vocals, Bass (?), Drum machine (?), Drums (?), Guitar (?), Keyboard (?), Organ (?), Piano (?), Producer, Synthesizer (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Background vocals, Keyboards (?)
Denny Laine :
Guitar (?), Vocals

Session Recording:
Summer 1976
Studio :
Rude Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Bootlegs


2 Buddies On Holly Days

Unofficial album • Released in 1990

1:48 • Rough mixA1

Session Recording:
Summer 1976
Studio :
Rude Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland


Plugged and Unplugged

Unofficial live • Released in 1992

4:06 • Live

Concert From "14th Buddy Holly Week" in New-York, USA on Sep 04, 1990


Studio Rarities Vol. 1

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

1:49 • Rough mixA1

Session Recording:
Summer 1976
Studio :
Rude Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland


Wings At The Speed Of Sound - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

1:55 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Background vocals, Bass (?), Drum machine (?), Drums (?), Guitar (?), Keyboard (?), Organ (?), Piano (?), Producer, Synthesizer (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Background vocals, Keyboards (?)
Denny Laine :
Guitar (?), Vocals

Session Recording:
Summer 1976
Studio :
Rude Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland


Live Archives Vol. 1 (1984-1990)

Unofficial live • Released in 2017

0:41 • Live

Concert From "12th Buddy Holly Week" in London, United Kingdom on Sep 07, 1988


Live performances

“Rave On” has been played in 6 concerts.

Latest concerts where has been played


23rd Buddy Holly Week

Sep 07, 1999 • Part of Buddy Holly Week


20th Buddy Holly Week

Sep 11, 1996 • Part of Buddy Holly Week


19th Buddy Holly Week

Sep 07, 1995 • Part of Buddy Holly Week


16th Buddy Holly Week

Sep 09, 1992 • Part of Buddy Holly Week


14th Buddy Holly Week

Sep 04, 1990 • Part of Buddy Holly Week



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