When You Ask About Love

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"When You Ask About Love"
The Crickets When You Ask About Love.jpeg
UK Coral vinyl record
Single by The Crickets
from the album In Style with the Crickets
B-side"Deborah"
ReleasedOctober 1959 (1959-10) (US)
November 1959 (1959-11) (UK)
Genre Rock and roll
Length2:05
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Norman Petty
The Crickets singles chronology
" Love's Made a Fool of You"
(1959)
"When You Ask About Love"
(1959)
" More Than I Can Say"
(1960)

"When You Ask About Love" is a song written by Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis and recorded by the Crickets in 1959. It was a hit in the UK, reaching number 27 in the Singles Charts. [1]

The Crickets version

"When You Ask About Love" was the second single from the Crickets' second album, In Style With the Crickets. It was also the second single to be released after the death of Buddy Holly. The song was written by guitarist Sonny Curtis and drummer Jerry Allison whilst they were at the home of Allison's girlfriend and future wife, Peggy Sue Gerron (after whom the Buddy Holly song is named). The B-side "Deborah" was named after Peggy Sue's younger niece. [2]

Personnel

Charts

Chart (1960) Peak
position
UK Singles ( OCC) [1] 27

Matchbox version

"When You Ask About Love"
Matchbox When You Ask About Love.jpeg
Single by Matchbox
from the album Midnite Dynamos
B-side"You've Made a Fool of Me"
Released19 September 1980 (1980-09-19)
Genre Rockabilly
Length2:35
Label Magnet
Songwriter(s)
  • Jerry Allison
  • Sonny Curtis
Producer(s) Peter Collins
Matchbox singles chronology
"Midnite Dynamos"
(1980)
"When You Ask About Love"
(1980)
"Over The Rainbow/You Belong To Me"
(1980)

In 1980, English rockabilly band Matchbox released a cover of the song as the second single from for their fourth album Midnite Dynamos. It was the band's biggest hit, reaching number 4 on the UK Singles Chart. [4]

Reception

Reviewing the song in Record Mirror, Mike Nicholls described the song as "pukeabilly – uninspired, backward looking and unoriginal – surely we've got past this by now. If you want this sort of "music" – go back and listen to Buddy Holly, at least he had some conviction." [5]

Charts

Chart (1980–81) Peak
position
Australia ( AMR) [6] 55
Austria ( Ö3 Austria Top 40) [7] 16
Belgium ( Ultratop 50 Flanders) [8] 22
Germany ( Official German Charts) [9] 29
Ireland ( IRMA) [10] 3
Netherlands ( Dutch Top 40) [11] 20
Netherlands ( Single Top 100) [12] 18
UK Singles ( OCC) [4] 4

Other recordings

References

  1. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  2. ^ Leigh, Spencer (2019-01-10). Buddy Holly: Learning the Game. McNidder & Grace. ISBN  978-0-85716-189-5.
  3. ^ "Who's Who On The Cricket's Recordings". Rockin50s.com. Archived from the original on 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2016-07-19.
  4. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Record Mirror" (PDF). Record Mirror. 4 October 1980. p. 14. Retrieved 27 September 2020.
  6. ^ Grant. "Every AMR Top 100 Single in 1980". Retrieved 2020-03-07.
  7. ^ " Matchbox – When You Ask About Love" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  8. ^ " Matchbox – When You Ask About Love" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  9. ^ " Matchbox – When You Ask About Love" (in German). GfK Entertainment charts. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  10. ^ " The Irish Charts – Search Results – When You Ask About Love". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  11. ^ " Nederlandse Top 40 – Matchbox" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  12. ^ " Matchbox – When You Ask About Love" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Johnny Peters - When You Ask About Love". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  14. ^ "Johnny Peters and the Crestas, Johnny Peters and the Jets, Johnny Peters and the JPs, Press - Plaza Ballroom, 2013". Manchester Digital Music Archive. Retrieved 2020-03-06.