"Love Hurts" is a song written and composed by the American songwriter Boudleaux Bryant. First recorded by the Everly Brothers in July 1960, the song is also well known from a 1975 international hit version by the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth and in the UK by a top five hit in 1975 by the English singer Jim Capaldi.
|Song by The Everly Brothers|
|from the album A Date with The Everly Brothers|
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The song was introduced in December 1960 as an album track on A Date with The Everly Brothers, but was never released as a single (A-side or B-side) by the Everlys. The first hit version of the song was by Roy Orbison, who earned Australian radio play, hitting the Top Five of that country's singles charts in 1961. A recording by Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons was included on Parsons' posthumously released Grievous Angel album. After Parsons' 1973 death, Harris made the song a staple of her repertoire, and has included it in her concert set lists from the 1970s to the present. Harris has since re-recorded the song twice.
The most successful recording of the song was by hard rock band Nazareth, who took the song to the U.S. Top 10 in 1975 and hit number one in Norway and the Netherlands. In the UK the most successful version of the song was by former Traffic member Jim Capaldi, who took it to number four in the charts in November 1975 during an 11-week run. The song was also covered by Cher in 1975 for her album Stars. Cher re-recorded the song in 1991 for her album of the same name. Rod Stewart recorded the song in 2006 for his album Still the Same... Great Rock Classics of Our Time which was No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Roy Orbison versionEdit
|Single by Roy Orbison|
Roy Orbison covered "Love Hurts" in 1961 and issued it as the B-side to "Running Scared". While "Running Scared" was an international hit, the B-side only picked up significant airplay in Australia. Consequently, chart figures for Australia show "Running Scared"/"Love Hurts" as a double A-Side, both sides peaking at No. 5. This makes Orbison's recording of "Love Hurts" the first version to be a hit.
Jim Capaldi versionEdit
|Single by Jim Capaldi|
|from the album Short Cut Draw Blood|
|Jim Capaldi singles chronology|
Jim Capaldi reached number 4 in the UK charts with his interpretation of "Love Hurts" in November 1975, which was to prove his highest charting UK single. Described by Rolling Stone as having "a sense of pain very different from Roy Orbison's." the single also charted in the US, Germany, and Sweden.
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||6|
|South Africa (Springbok)||13|
|Single by Nazareth|
|from the album Hair of the Dog|
3:03 (U.S. single)
|Nazareth singles chronology|
Performed as a power ballad, the Nazareth version is the most popular version of the song and the only rendition of "Love Hurts" to become a hit single in the United States, reaching No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1976. Billboard ranked it as the No. 23 song for 1976. As part of the "Hot Tracks (EP)" it also reached No. 15 in the UK in 1977. Nazareth's version was an international hit, peaking at No. 1 in Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa and Norway, and remains the best-known[according to whom?] recording of the song. The Nazareth single was so successful in Norway that it charted for 61 weeks on the Norwegian charts (VG-lista Top 10), including 14 weeks at No. 1, making it the top single of all time in that country.
A later recording by Nazareth, featuring the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, peaked at No. 89 in Germany.
The lyrics of the song remained unchanged on all versions up until Nazareth's 1975 recording, where the original line "love is like a stove/it burns you when it's hot" was changed to "love is like a flame/it burns you when it's hot".
Cher covered this version for her 1991 album of the same name.
Charts and certificationsEdit
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||11|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||1|
|Euro Hit 50||3|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||30|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||1|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||4|
|South Africa (Springbok Radio)||1|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||41|
|US Billboard Hot 100||8|
|Single by Cher|
|from the album Love Hurts|
|B-side||"One Small Step"|
|Cher singles chronology|
Cher also recorded the song in 1975 but did not have a hit with it at the time. She recorded a second version in 1991 for the album of the same name. The single became a minor hit in the UK in December 1991.
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||43|
Cher performed the song on the following concert tours:
- Heart of Stone Tour (performed towards the end of the tour in Australia only, before her studio recording)
- Love Hurts Tour
- The Farewell Tour (sung on the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth legs of the tour. The song was replaced by "The Way of Love" on the final show of the tour)
- Cher at the Colosseum (sung on the first night, then re-added during the third leg in place of "The Way of Love")
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