A Good Heart

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"A Good Heart"
Single by Feargal Sharkey
from the album Feargal Sharkey
B-side "Anger Is Holy"
Released September 1985 (UK)
February 1986 (US)[1]
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1985
Genre Pop, new wave
Length 4:39
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Maria McKee
Producer(s) David A. Stewart
Feargal Sharkey singles chronology
"Loving You"
(1985)
"A Good Heart"
(1985)
"You Little Thief"
(1986)

"A Good Heart" is a single by Feargal Sharkey, from his self-titled album. It was released in 1985 on Virgin Records.

Background[edit]

Written by Maria McKee about her relationship with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboard player Benmont Tench and produced by the Eurythmics' David A. Stewart, this was former Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey's third solo single. A number one single in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in November 1985,[2] it fared less well in the US, peaking at No. 74 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background vocals on the song's choruses were sung by Boy George.

Sharkey followed up the single with the Tench-written "You Little Thief". This song was about Tench's relationship with McKee. Sharkey placed the tracks next to each other on his debut album.

A version of the song, performance credited to Kris McKay, appeared on the 1989 album of the soundtrack of the Patrick Swayze movie Road House.

In 2007, McKee released her own recording of the track on her album Late December.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985/1986) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[citation needed] 1
Austrian Singles Chart[3] 13
Belgian Singles Chart[citation needed] 2
Canadian Singles Chart[4] 4
Dutch Singles Chart[5] 2
French Singles Chart[6] 37
German Singles Chart[7] 4
Irish Singles Chart[8] 1
Italian Singles Chart[9] 17
New Zealand Singles Chart[10] 3
Norwegian Singles Chart[11] 6
South African Singles Chart[12] 3
Swiss Singles Chart[13] 3
UK Singles Chart[14] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[15] 74

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strong, M. C. (1995). The Great Rock Discography. Edinburgh: Canongate Books Ltd. p. 857. ISBN 978-0-86241-385-9. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 455. ISBN 978-1-904994-10-7. 
  3. ^ Steffen Hung. "Feargal Sharkey - A Good Heart". austriancharts.at. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Feargal Sharkey - A Good Heart". dutchcharts.nl. Archived from the original on 31 October 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "InfoDisc : Tout les Titres par Artiste". Infodisc.fr. Archived from the original on 26 October 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet". musicline.de. Archived from the original on 30 March 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  8. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: S". Hitparadeitalia.it. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  10. ^ Steffen Hung. "Feargal Sharkey - A Good Heart". charts.org.nz. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  11. ^ Steffen Hung. "Feargal Sharkey - A Good Heart". norwegiancharts.com. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  12. ^ Brian Currin. "South African Rock Lists Website - SA Charts 1969 - 1989 Acts (S)". Rock.co.za. Archived from the original on 3 July 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  13. ^ Steffen Hung. "Feargal Sharkey - A Good Heart". hitparade.ch. Archived from the original on 12 November 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  14. ^ "Feargal Sharkey - A Good Heart". Chart Stats. 25 January 1986. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  15. ^ "Feargal Sharkey - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"The Power of Love" by Jennifer Rush
UK number one single
16 November 1985 – 23 November 1985
Succeeded by
"I'm Your Man" by Wham!
Preceded by
"We Built This City" by Starship
Australian Kent Music Report number one single
17 February 1986 – 24 February 1986
Succeeded by
"That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick