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"Heartache Tonight" is a song written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bob Seger and J. D. Souther,recorded by the Eagles and features Glenn Frey on lead vocals. The track was included on their album The Long Run and released as a single in 1979. It reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in November of that year and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America representing one million copies sold.[1] It was the Eagles' final chart-topping song on the Hot 100.

"Heartache Tonight"
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Single by Eagles
from the album The Long Run
B-side"Teenage Jail"
ReleasedSeptember 18, 1979
Format7-inch single
GenreHard rock, blues rock
Length4:25
LabelAsylum
Songwriter(s)Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bob Seger, J. D. Souther
Producer(s)Bill Szymczyk
Eagles singles chronology
"Please Come Home for Christmas"
(1978)
"Heartache Tonight"
(1979)
"The Long Run"
(1979)

The recording received a 1979 Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.[2] The song originated from an electric jam session between Glenn Frey and J. D. Souther who would visit Frey's home in Los Angeles whenever he was in town on tour. Frey and Souther wrote the first verse while listening to Sam Cooke songs. In the heat of jamming, Frey called Bob Seger on the phone and sang him the verse. Seger then blurted out the chorus. According to Frey, "J.D. [Souther], Don and I finished that song up. No heavy lyrics - the song is more of a romp - and that's what it was intended to be."[3] The song was covered by country music singer John Anderson on the tribute album Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles and was also covered by Michael Bublé on his album Crazy Love.

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PersonnelEdit

Chart performanceEdit

Haim "The Wire"Edit

The Haim sisters use the riff from "Heartache Tonight" at the beginning of their hit "The Wire" from 2013.

Conway Twitty versionEdit

"Heartache Tonight"
Single by Conway Twitty
from the album Lost in the Feeling
B-side"Hello Darlin'"
ReleasedAugust 1983
Format7-inch single
RecordedFebruary 1–2, 1983
StudioSound Stage Studio, Nashville, Tennessee
GenreCountry
Length4:17
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bob Seger, J. D. Souther
Producer(s)Jimmy Bowen, Conway Twitty
Conway Twitty singles chronology
"Lost in the Feeling"
(1983)
"Heartache Tonight"
(1983)
"We Had It All"
(1983)

"Heartache Tonight" was revived four years later in a cover version by country music artist Conway Twitty. Released as the second single from his Lost in the Feeling album, Twitty's version reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in the fall of 1983.[15]

Twitty's version featured the Osmond Brothers on backing vocals. Allmusic reviewer Thom Jurek wrote that "Heartache Tonight" and its follow-up single, "Three Times a Lady," "offer(ed) a solid view of Twitty's amazing crossover potential, and his ability to take well-known pop tracks and turn them into solid country smashes long after the countrypolitan days of Chet Atkins and RCA."[16] (In addition to "Three Times a Lady" (a cover of a song by The Commodores), Twitty had successfully covered "Slow Hand" and "The Rose," previously pop hits for the Pointer Sisters and Bette Midler, respectively.)

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (1983) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[17] 6
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  2. ^ "Winners: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal". Grammy.com. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  3. ^ The Very Best of the Eagles (CD). Eagles. Warner Music Group. 2003. R2 73971.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Eagles – Heartache Tonight" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 7853a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Heartache Tonight". Irish Singles Chart.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Eagles – Heartache Tonight" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  8. ^ "Charts.nz – Eagles – Heartache Tonight". Top 40 Singles.
  9. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Eagles – Heartache Tonight". Swiss Singles Chart.
  10. ^ "Eagles: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  11. ^ "Eagles Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Eagles Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Top 100 Singles (1979)". RPM. Retrieved 2017-11-11.
  14. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  15. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 363.
  16. ^ Jurek, Tom, Lost in the Feeling album review, Allmusic. [1]
  17. ^ "Conway Twitty Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.

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