Hurt (Roy Hamilton song)

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Single by Roy Hamilton
Released 1954
Genre R&B
Label Epic 9086
Writer(s) Jimmie Crane
Al Jacobs
Roy Hamilton singles chronology
"Ebb Tide"
"Unchained Melody"

"Hurt" is a 1954 song by Jimmie Crane and Al Jacobs. "Hurt" was originally performed by Roy Hamilton, whose version peaked at number eight on the R&B Best Seller chart and spent a total of seven weeks on the chart.[1] The song is considered to be the signature hit of Timi Yuro, whose version went to number four on the Billboard pop chart in 1961. Juice Newton's 1985 version scored number one on Billboard's Country chart.

Cover versions[edit]

Single by Juice Newton
from the album Old Flame
B-side Eye of a Hurricane
Released November 1985
Format 7"
Recorded August 1985
Genre Country
Label RCA 14199
Producer(s) Richard Landis
Juice Newton singles chronology
"You Make Me Want to Make You Mine"
"Old Flame"
  • In 1954, Ricky Denell had a pop hit with "Hurt".
  • In 1961, Timi Yuro went to number four on the Top 40 with her version of "Hurt." [2] Timi Yuro also made the top 30 on the R&B chart with this version.
  • In 1964,Little Anthony and the Imperials recorded a version on their album,"Goin' Out Of My Head".[3] This version was a chart hit, reaching #51 on the Billboard Pop Chart 2 years later (1966) .[4]
  • In 1964, Alain Barriere - Ma Vie (Hurt).
  • In 1967, Dalida - A qui ?(Hurt).
  • In 1967, the Italian singer Fausto Leali had a personal triumph with a local version entitled "A chi" ("To whom"): it was the top record of the year in Italy.
  • In 1973, Bobby Vinton had a hit in the U.S. and Netherlands; the number appeared in 1974 on his album With Love.
  • In 1976, Elvis Presley covered the song which made the pop and country charts.
  • In 1976, The Manhattans also covered the song in their album The Manhattans Their version was a Billboard Top 10 R&B Hit, and a Top 10 Pop hit in England.
  • In 1981, Carly Simon covered the song on her Torch album and it was released as the only single.
  • In 1986, Juice Newton had her third number-one country hit with her version of "Hurt." [5]
  • In 2003 Italian singer Francesco De Gregori sings "A chi", cover of "Hurt" on the CD "Mix"


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 243. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 695. 
  3. ^ Video on YouTube
  4. ^
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 248. 
Preceded by
"Just in Case"
by The Forester Sisters
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

February 8, 1986
Succeeded by
"Makin' Up for Lost Time (The Dallas Lovers Song)"
by Crystal Gayle and Gary Morris
Preceded by
"Makin' Up for Lost Time (The Dallas Lovers Song)"
by Crystal Gayle and Gary Morris
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

February 15, 1986
Succeeded by
"Come On In (You Did the Best You Could Do)"
by The Oak Ridge Boys