Broken Hearted Melody

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"Broken Hearted Melody"
Published 1958
Writer(s) Hal David
Composer(s) Sherman Edwards

"Broken Hearted Melody" is a popular song first published in 1958. The words were written by Hal David and the music by Sherman Edwards.

The song became a major hit for Sarah Vaughan in 1959, peaking at #7 in the Billboard Charts and #5 on the R&B charts.[1] This version was released by Mercury Records under catalog number 957085. The song was also released in the UK, where it first entered the charts on September 11, 1959, and spent 11 weeks there, also peaking at #7.

Despite the record's commercial success, Vaughan herself always thought the song to be corny.[citation needed] However, "Broken Hearted Melody" was to become one of her most popular hits, giving Vaughan her first gold record. It also became part of her concert repertoire for many years afterwards.

The song was also covered by Maureen Evans and Dottie West on her 1969 album, Feminine Fancy.

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  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 602.