This is the second track to appear here from Buddy Holly. Heartbeat is an adorably winsome song and Holly makes it his own with his peculiar intonations. The first song to appear here: Everyday was released a year prior to Heartbeat. More information about Holly’s upbringing, career and tragic passing can be found in my previous article. Heartbeat which was credited to Bob Montgomery and Norman Petty was Holly’s second to last single to be released and it was a minor hit in the US reaching No 82 in the Billboard Hot 100. It had more success in the UK reaching No 30.
A recording session in Clovis was arranged in May 1958 and Holly hired Tommy Allsup to play lead guitar. The session produced the recording of “Heartbeat”. Holly was impressed by Allsup and invited him to join the Crickets.
Why do you miss when my baby kisses me?
Why does a love kiss stay in my memory?
Piddle dee pat
I know that new love thrills me
I know that true love will be
During his short career, Holly wrote and recorded many songs. He is often regarded as the artist who defined the traditional rock-and-roll lineup of two guitars, bass, and drums. He was a major influence on later popular music artists, including Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Elton John. He was among the first artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1986. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 13 in its list of “100 Greatest Artists“.
I always enjoy listening to Bob Dylan’s version of Heartbeat in his concert for one.
1. Heartbeat (Buddy Holly song) – wikipedia