“Words of Love” is a song written by Buddy Holly.
Holly recorded the song on April 8, 1957. Holly harmonized with himself, by combining tape recordings of each part. 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.
A compilation album, Words of Love, released by PolyGram in the UK in 1993, reached number 1 and was certified as a gold record.
The Beatles recorded a cover version of the song on October 18, 1964 for the UK album Beatles for Sale. It first appeared in the U.S. on the album Beatles VI. It was also on a 7-inch extended play, Beatles for Sale No. 2, released by Parlophone/EMI in 1965. John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who were fans of Holly, sang in harmony with George Harrison, 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 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”.
John Lennon – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Paul McCartney – lead vocals, bass
George Harrison – harmony vocals, double-tracked lead guitar
Ringo Starr – drums, packing case