Every Little Bit Hurts

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"Every Little Bit Hurts"
Single by Brenda Holloway
from the album Every Little Bit Hurts
Format 7" single
Vinyl single
Recorded 1964; Los Angeles
Genre Soul
Length 3:17
Label Tamla
Writer(s) Ed Cobb
Producer(s) Hal Davis, Marc Gordon
Brenda Holloway singles chronology
"Every Little Bit Hurts"
"I'll Always Love You"
"Every Little Bit Hurts"
Single by Alicia Keys
from the album Unplugged
Released January 2006
Format Digital download, promo CD single
Recorded July 4, 2005;
Brooklyn Academy of Music
(Brooklyn, New York City, New York)
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 4:01 (album version)
3:58 (radio edit)
Label J
Writer(s) Ed Cobb
Producer(s) Alex Coletti
Alicia Keys singles chronology
"Ghetto Story"
"Every Little Bit Hurts"
"No One"

"Every Little Bit Hurts" was originally a 1964 hit single for Motown soul singer Brenda Holloway, written by Ed Cobb.

Though she was against recording the song again (she recorded it a couple of years before signing with Motown), she reluctantly recorded the song[citation needed] and the label released it in the summer of the year. Becoming a big hit peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song would become one of Holloway's trademark singles and would spark remakes by acts like Small Faces and the Spencer Davis Group (with lead vocals by Steve Winwood).


The Spencer Davis Group recorded a version for their first UK album released in 1965, Their First LP (Fontana TL 5242).

Released in October 1976, it was covered by Graeme "Shirley" Strachan (lead singer of Skyhooks) as his debut solo release and peaked at No. 3 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Charts.[1]

Alicia Keys version[edit]

"Every Little Bit Hurts" is a cover version by American R&B-soul singer Alicia Keys from her live album, Unplugged (2005). It was released as the album's second and last single in 2006. It failed to enter the US and international charts.

Music video[edit]

Directed by Justin Francis, the video premiered on January 17, 2006 on BET's 106 & Park.

Track listing[edit]

US promo CD single
  1. "Every Little Bit Hurts" (radio edit) – 3:58
  2. "Every Little Bit Hurts" (call out hook) – 0:10


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