Friday Wedding Music Rewind | Buddy Holly’s “True Love Ways”

Kansas City Wedding First Dance Song True Love Ways By Buddy Holly

True Love Ways” by Buddy Holly Still Finds It’s Way
Into Kansas City Wedding Receptions As A
Memorable, Classic and Beautifully Orchestrated
Wedding First Dance Song.

My wife and I recently saw a stage presentation of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story.” Buddy Holly, of course, became a rock & roll star in the latter years of the 1950’s. His short life and career ended on February 3, 1959 after a “Winter Dance Party” concert at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.  Buddy Holly, age 22, and two other featured acts of the show, popular artists Ritchie Valens, age 17 (“La Bamba”), and the ‘Big Bopper’ J.P. Richardson, age 28 (“Chantilly Lace”), were tragically killed in a plane crash.

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story” is more of a 2 hour look back on Buddy Holly’s recordings then an in-depth story of his life. I can’t say that I minded as the actors playing Holly and his band, The Crickets, sang over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits including Peggy Sue,That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy,Not Fade Away,Everyday,Rave On,Maybe Baby,Raining In My Heartand more. The stand out song to me, though, was “True Love Waysbecause I remember a time not so long ago when I was asked to play it at Kansas City wedding receptions as a wedding first dance song.

It’s said that Buddy wrote “True Love Ways” as a wedding gift for his wife, Maria Elena Santiago, a Puerto Rican receptionist of his New York music publisher. Holly proposed to Maria five hours into their first date and they were married a couple of months later in August, 1958. True Love Ways” was recorded on October 21, 1958, during Buddy Holly’s last recording session before his death, but it wasn’t released to the public until 1960.

Even though it didn’t break the Billboard’s Top 100 Charts in the U.S.,  Buddy Holly’s classic, romantic and tender recording of “True Love Ways” has become one of his best known songs.  For a number of years throughout the 1990’s and early-2000’s, Kansas City brides & grooms were still requesting it as their wedding first dance song. If I’m not mistaken, it had a spot as one of the “50 Most Requested Bride & Groom Dances” during those years. Although it is no longer in the top 50,  True Love Ways” remains a sweet, simple and beautifully orchestrated recording that could well be the perfect fit for brides and grooms-to-be who want a memorable, classic song for their wedding first dance.

Listen to True Love Ways” by Buddy Holly in the video below and scroll down a little further to read the lyrics. I’d love to know what you think of the song and whether you’ll use it or have used it for your wedding first dance. Please share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Kansas City Wedding First Dance Song,
Buddy Holly’s “True Love Ways” (Lyrics):

Just you know why
Why you and I
Will by and by
Know true love ways

Sometimes we’ll sigh
Sometimes we’ll cry
And we’ll know why
Just you and I
Know true love ways

Throughout the days
Our true love ways
Will bring us joys to share
With those who really care

Sometimes we’ll sigh
Sometimes we’ll cry
And we’ll know why
Just you and I
Know true love ways

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