Heartaches by the Number

"Heartaches by the Number" is a popular country song written by Harlan Howard and published in 1959. Sheet music for the song was a best seller in both the US and Britain in January 1960.[1]

"Heartaches by the Number"
Single by Guy Mitchell
Released1959 (1959)
Format45 rpm record
Songwriter(s)Harlan Howard
Producer(s)Joe Sherman
Guy Mitchell singles chronology
"Call Rosie On the Phone"
"Heartaches by the Number"
"The Same Old Me"

Guy Mitchell versionEdit

The biggest hit version was recorded by Guy Mitchell on August 24, 1959. It reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the weeks of December 14 and December 21, 1959.[2] The recording was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 41476. This would be Mitchell's second pop chart topper (after "Singing the Blues"); it was also his last top-40 single in the Billboard charts. Columbia first issued a mono recording by Mitchell as a 7" 45 rpm single, which became the hit. Columbia later issued a stereo version of the song, also by Mitchell; however, the mono and stereo issues are in fact two completely different recordings. The hit version has never appeared in stereo and has appeared on only a lone compact disc release (Hit Parade Records 12311, Hard to Find Jukebox Classics 1959: Pop Gold.) The video game Fallout: New Vegas does not feature his original Columbia Records version; rather it is a 1980 re-recording made for K-Tel records.

Other notable recordingsEdit

Chart performanceEdit

Ray PriceEdit

Chart (1959) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 2

Guy MitchellEdit

Chart (1959) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.K. Singles Charts 5
U.S. Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles 19
Norway VG-Lista[5] 3
German Singles Charts 2

Johnny TillotsonEdit

Chart (1965) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 35
U.S. Adult Contemporary 4
Canadian RPM Top Singles 14

Jack RenoEdit

Chart (1972) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 26

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Billboard Jan 11, 1960. page 48
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 431.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 347. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  4. ^ "allmusic.com". allmusic.com. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Guy Mitchell - Heartaches By The Number". Norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2016-08-29.

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