When was it recorded? Oct. 18, 1964
When was it first released, and on which album? Dec. 4, 1964 on “Beatles for Sale”
Who wrote it? Buddy Holly
Have I heard this song before? Just the original
What my research dug up:
Buddy Holly wrote “Words of Love” and recorded the original version on Apr. 8, 1957. According to Wikipedia, “Holly harmonized for himself by tape-recording each part and combining them.” The song was released as a single on Jun. 20, 1957.
Quoth Wikipedia, “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.”
The Beatles, of course, being the Holly fans they were, took notice of the song. It was part of their live repertoire from 1958 to 1962. According to the Beatles Bible, John and George harmonized on these live versions, but John and Paul sing together on the “Beatles for Sale” version.
Also according to the Beatles Bible, “‘Words Of Love’ was the final song recorded on 18 October 1964, during which [the Beatles] recorded seven songs in nine hours in a rush to finish the album.” They completed the song in two takes plus one overdub session.
An earlier live version recorded for Aug. 20, 1963’s edition of “Pop Go the Beatles” appeared on last year’s “On Air – Live at the BBC Vol. 2.” It also got a music video of sorts from Apple.
…Odd. The part you can see in the thumbnail there was a little too Uncanny Valley for my liking.