Chains of Love (Ahmet Ertegun song)

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"Chains of Love"
Single by Big Joe Turner
B-side "After My Laughter Came Tears"
Released May 1951
Genre Blues
Length 3:12
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) A. Nugetre
Big Joe Turner singles chronology
"Mad Blues"
"Chains of Love"
"The Chill Is On"

"Chains of Love" is a 12-bar blues written by Ahmet Ertegun under the pseudonym "A. Nugetre", which had its first success as sung by Big Joe Turner and later was adopted as part of his repertory by B.B. King. The singer is imprisoned by his love for an unfaithful partner.

Turner's version reached no. 2 on the Billboard R&B chart in 1951,[1] his first success on the Atlantic label established by Ertegun.[2] In 1956, the song was covered by Pat Boone, whose version made no. 10 on the Billboard Top 100.[3] Another commercially successful version was by Bobby Bland, whose recording reached no. 9 on the R&B chart and no. 60 on the pop chart in 1959.[4]

Cover versions[edit]

The Hollywood Flames released a version of the song as a single in 1958.[5]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. p. 453. 
  2. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 3 - The Tribal Drum: The rise of rhythm and blues. [Part 1]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955-2002 (1st ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 72. ISBN 0-89820-155-1. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995, p.35
  5. ^ The Hollywood Flames, "Chains of Love" single release Retrieved February 4, 2016.