"Every Little Bit Hurts"
Single by Brenda Holloway
from the album Every Little Bit Hurts
Format 7" single
Vinyl single
Recorded 1964; Los Angeles
Genre Soul
Length 3:17
Label Tamla
Writer(s) Ed Cobb
Producer(s) Hal Davis, Marc Gordon
Brenda Holloway singles chronology
"Every Little Bit Hurts"
"I'll Always Love You"

"Every Little Bit Hurts" was originally a 1964 hit single for Motown soul singer Brenda Holloway, written by Ed Cobb.[1]

Though she was against recording the song again (she recorded it a couple of years before signing with Motown), she reluctantly recorded the song[citation needed] and the label released it in the summer of the year. Becoming a big hit peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100,[2][3] the song would become one of Holloway's trademark singles and would spark remakes by acts like Small Faces and the Spencer Davis Group (with lead vocals by Steve Winwood).



Alicia Keys versionEdit

"Every Little Bit Hurts"
Single by Alicia Keys
from the album Unplugged
Released January 2006
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded July 4, 2005;
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Genre R&B
Length 4:01
Label J
Writer(s) Ed Cobb
Producer(s) Alex Coletti
Alicia Keys singles chronology
"Don't Give Up (Africa)"
"Every Little Bit Hurts"
"Ghetto Story"
Music video
"Every Little Bit Hurts" on YouTube

"Every Little Bit Hurts" is a cover version by American recording artist Alicia Keys from her live album, Unplugged (2005). It was released as the album's second and last single in 2006. It failed to enter the US and international charts.

Critical receptionEdit

Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine felt that Keys treated the song "like [a] vocal audition[...] and not the blank canvas[...] of an interpretive artist".[5]

Music videoEdit

Directed by Justin Francis, the video premiered on January 17, 2006 on BET's 106 & Park.

Track listingEdit

US promo CD single
  1. "Every Little Bit Hurts" (radio edit) – 3:58
  2. "Every Little Bit Hurts" (call out hook) – 0:10


  1. ^ The Complete Motown Singles Vol 4: 1964 [CD liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 289.
  3. ^ Every Little Bit Hurts at AllMusic
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (2005-10-13). "Alicia Keys: Unplugged". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2015-10-24. 

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