It's a Heartache

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"It's a Heartache"
Single by Bonnie Tyler
from the album Natural Force
A-side It's A Heartache
B-side It's About Time
Released 1977
Genre Country rock, soft rock
Length 3:31
Writer(s) Ronnie Scott & Steve Wolfe
Producer(s) David Mackay
Bonnie Tyler singles chronology
"It's a Heartache"
"Here Am I"

"It's a Heartache" is a country rock song that was recorded separately by Bonnie Tyler and Juice Newton in 1977. Tyler's version charted in the UK in November 1977, Newton's charted in Mexico in 1977, and both versions charted in the United States in 1978. The song was also recorded by Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes in 1978, but it was not a hit. Authorship is credited to Ronnie Scott & Steve Wolfe,[1] who became Tyler's managers, songwriters, and producers when they saw her in Wales in 1976.

Tyler's version of the song, which was produced by David Mackay, proved to be the most successful (see chart positions below), peaking at #4 in the U.K. and #3 in the United States (where it was also a Top Ten hit on the Country Music chart), and #1 in several European countries and Australia. With physical sales in excess of 6 million copies, Tyler's version is one of the best-selling singles of all time.[2] Many re-recordings were produced by Tyler, with the 2004 version in French with French singer Kareen Antonn on Tyler's album Simply Believe and the 2005 version on Tyler's album Wings. Although the 2005 version did not receive chart success as it was not released as a single, the 2004 version reached #12 in France on the week of release.

Juice Newton's version of "It's A Heartache" was released on select foreign editions of her "Come to Me" album. When released as a single in Mexico in 1977, the song garnered a gold record. Newton's version was released in the United States the following year and peaked at #86.

Other versions[edit]

Since 1977, this song has been covered numerous times. It appeared on the 1978 live album by David Johansen of the New York Dolls, The David Johansen Group Live. Country rock group Dave & Sugar released a cover in 1981, reaching #32 on the country charts with it. Trick Pony covered it on the album R.I.D.E., and released its version in 2005, peaking at #22 on the same chart. A version of the song appears on Arab Strap's Ten Years of Tears. Gene Pitney recorded a version on his 2003 album, Blue Angel - The Bronze Sessions. Rod Stewart has been covering the song live since recording it on his 2006 album Still the Same… Great Rock Classics of Our Time. In 2009, Jill Johnson recorded the song on the cover album Music Row II.[3] There is also a German version called "Lass mein Knie, Joe", sung by Norwegian female singer Wencke Myhre in 1978. In Italy, Patty Pravo recorded a version called "Notti Bianche" in 1979. A French version was recorded by Eva (a German singer), under the title "Et je m'en vais". The Argentinian band Fun People recorded a punk version for the single "Middle Of The Rounds", in 1999. In 1979, Czech singer Karel Gott made cover version "Jen se hádej" In 1992, Country singer Lorrie Morgan recorded the song on her album Watch Me.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Juice Newton[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 86
Canadian RPM Top Singles 91

Dave & Sugar[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 32
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 37

Trick Pony[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 22


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  2. ^ Bonnie Tyler : People. 1996-06-17. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  3. ^ Information at Svensk mediedatabas
  4. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Bonnie Tyler – It's a Heartache". Music Canada. 
  5. ^ "French single certifications – Bonnie Tyler – It's a Heartache" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select BONNIE TYLER and click OK
  6. ^ "Les Singles Platine :" (in French). Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "British single certifications – Bonnie Tyler – It's a Heartache". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter It's a Heartache in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  8. ^ "American single certifications – Bonnie Tyler – It's a Heartache". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 21 August 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  9. ^ "Trick Pony Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Trick Pony.

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