Heartbreaker (Dolly Parton album)

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Heartbreaker
Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released July 16, 1978
Recorded Los Angeles, February–April 1978
Genre Country, pop
Length 32:02
Label RCA Nashville
Producer Gary Klein
Dolly Parton chronology
Here You Come Again (album)
(1977)
Heartbreaker
(1978)
Great Balls of Fire
(1979)
Singles from Heartbreaker
  1. "Heartbreaker"
    Released: July 19, 1978
  2. "Baby I'm Burning" / "I Really Got the Feeling"
    Released: November 25, 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C[2]

Heartbreaker is the 20th solo studio album by Dolly Parton, released in 1978. Released following the huge pop crossover success of Here You Come Again, Heartbreaker was designed as an even more direct aim at the pop charts, with several of its songs verging on disco. The title song, a ballad written by Carole Bayer Sager, topped the U.S. country charts, and became Parton's third top-forty pop hit, while the follow-up single was the double-A-sided "Baby I'm Burning"/"I Really Got the Feeling", with "Baby I'm Burnin'" targeted for pop airplay, and "I Really Got the Feeling" for country. The formula (which had previously worked for Here You Come Again's double-A-sided "Two Doors Down"/"It's All Wrong, but It's All Right") was successful again, with the single reaching #1 on the country charts, and #25 on the pop charts.

Disco remix singles of two of the album's songs, "Baby I'm Burning" and "I Wanna Fall in Love"were also released and received significant airplay in clubs and discos at the time.

The album cover, a gatefold design depicting Parton in a series of surreal, dream-like images, was designed by graphic artist Ed Caraeff, who'd also designed the cover art for Here You Come Again.

The album stayed at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for nine consecutive weeks. It ended up being certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Dolly Parton except as noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Really Got the Feeling"   Billy Vera 3:09
2. "It's Too Late to Love Me Now"   Rory Bourke, Gene Dobbins, Johnny Wilson 3:02
3. "We're Through Forever ('til Tomorrow)" (with Richard Dennison) Blaise Tosti 3:51
4. "Sure Thing"     3:33
5. "With You Gone"     3:07
6. "Baby I'm Burning"     2:37
7. "Nickels and Dimes"   Dolly Parton, Floyd Parton 3:24
8. "The Man"     3:16
9. "Heartbreaker"   Carole Bayer Sager, David Wolfert 3:35
10. "I Wanna Fall in Love"     2:26

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 27
Canadian RPM Country Albums 1
Canadian RPM Top Albums 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heartbreaker (Dolly Parton album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Artist 372". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "American album certifications – Dolly Parton – Heartbreaker". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Love or Something Like It by Kenny Rogers
Top Country Albums number-one album
September 9 – November 4, 1978
Succeeded by
I've Always Been Crazy by Waylon Jennings