Sonny (Joe) West cut "Rave On" (West - Tilghman) with The Big Beats, a group formed by the then unknown Trini Lopez, at the Norman Petty Studios in 1957, after "Oh Boy!" was a hit for Buddy Holly. The song was released on Atlantic Records.

Fellow Lubbock, Texas native Buddy Holly covered "Rave On" at Bell Sound in NYC and it got into the American top forty and the top five in England.