Blue Heartache

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"Blue Heartache"
Single by Osborne Brothers
from the album Fastest Grass Alive
B-side "You're Heavy on My Mind"[1]
Released August 1973
Format 7" single
Recorded May 10, 1972
Mount Juliet, Tennessee, U.S.[1]
Genre Bluegrass
Label MCA
Writer(s) Paul Craft
Osborne Brothers singles chronology
"Blue Heartache"
"Fastest Grass Alive"

"Blue Heartache" is a song written by Paul Craft. It has been recorded by numerous musical artists in several different genres and formats, most notably by the Osborne Brothers in 1973 and Gail Davies in 1979.

Osborne Brothers version[edit]

"Blue Heartache" was notably recorded by American Bluegrass group the Osborne Brothers and was released as a single in August 1973 under MCA Records.

"Blue Heartache" was recorded at the Bradley Barn Recording Studio in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, United States on May 10, 1973. It was a part of a series of songs recorded for the group's next album entitled Fastest Grass Alive.[1] The song was officially released as a single in August 1973, peaking at number sixty-four on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Singles chart that year. The single was part of a series of minor hits that the group endured during the early half of the 1970s.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
US Hot Country Singles (Billboard)[2] 64

Gail Davies version[edit]

"Blue Heartache"
Single by Gail Davies
from the album The Game
B-side "Everybody's Somebody's Fool"[3]
Released October 1979
Format 7" single
Recorded July 1979
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.[3]
Genre Country
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Paul Craft
Producer(s) Gail Davies
Gail Davies singles chronology
"Someone Is Looking for Someone Like You"
"Blue Heartache"
"Like Strangers"

In October 1979, American country artist Gail Davies recorded and released her version of "Blue Heartache" as a single.

Issued in 1979 as an official single, the song peaked at number seven on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Singles chart in early 1980. "Blue Heartache" became Davies' first top-ten hit as a musical artist, helping to begin a series of similar successes into the decade.[2] It also became Davies' first entry on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart.[4] The song was included on Davies' second studio album entitled The Game (1980). "Blue Heartache" was part of a set of songs Davies recorded under her own supervision, becoming the first single to be solely produced by a female country artist.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1979-1980) Peak
Canada Country Songs (RPM)[4] 49
US Hot Country Singles (Billboard)[2] 7


  1. ^ a b c "Praguefrank's Country Music Discographies: The Osborne Brothers". Praguefrank's Country Discographies. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. 
  3. ^ a b "Praguefrank's Country Music Discographies: Gail Davies". Praguefrank's Country Discographies. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Search results for "Gail Davies" under Country Singles". RPM. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Walker, Bruce. "Gail Davies Biography". Musician Guide. Retrieved 31 May 2014.