Every Little Bit Hurts

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"Every Little Bit Hurts"
Single by Brenda Holloway
from the album Every Little Bit Hurts
ReleasedApril 1964
Format7" single
Vinyl single
Recorded1964; Los Angeles
GenreSoul
Length3:17
LabelTamla
Songwriter(s)Ed Cobb
Producer(s)Hal Davis, Marc Gordon
Brenda Holloway singles chronology
"Every Little Bit Hurts"
(1964)
"I'll Always Love You"
(1964)
"Every Little Bit Hurts"
Single by Spencer Davis Group
B-side"Strong Love"
Released1964
Format7" single
Vinyl single
GenrePop, rock
LabelFontana Records
Songwriter(s)Ed Cobb
Producer(s)Hal Davis, Marc Gordon
Spencer Davis Group singles chronology
"I Can't Stand It"
(1965)
"Every Little Bit Hurts"
(1964)
"Keep on Running"
(1965)

"Every Little Bit Hurts" was originally a 1964 hit single for Motown soul singer Brenda Holloway, written by Ed Cobb.[1]

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,[2][3] 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).

Covers[edit]

  • The Spencer Davis Group version reached #41 in the UK and #9 in Canada in early 1965.
  • 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.[4]

Chart history[edit]

Brenda Holloway
Chart (1964) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 13
U.S. Cash Box Top 100[6] 18
Spencer Davis Group
Chart (1965) Peak
position
Canada RPM Top Singles 9
UK 41
Graeme "Shirley" Strachan
Chart (1976) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 3

Alicia Keys version[edit]

"Every Little Bit Hurts"
Single by Alicia Keys
from the album Unplugged
ReleasedJanuary 2006
FormatDigital download, CD single
RecordedJuly 4, 2005;
Brooklyn Academy of Music
GenreR&B
Length4:01
LabelJ
Songwriter(s)Ed Cobb
Producer(s)Alex Coletti
Alicia Keys singles chronology
"Don't Give Up (Africa)"
(2005)
"Every Little Bit Hurts"
(2006)
"Ghetto Story"
(2006)
Music video
"Every Little Bit Hurts" on YouTube

"Every Little Bit Hurts" was included by American recording artist Alicia Keys on 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.

Critical reception[edit]

Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine felt that Keys treated the song "like [a] vocal audition[...] and not the blank canvas[...] of an interpretive artist".[7]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Complete Motown Singles Vol 4: 1964 [CD liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 289.
  3. ^ Every Little Bit Hurts at AllMusic
  4. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  6. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, June 20, 1964
  7. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (2005-10-13). "Alicia Keys: Unplugged". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2015-10-24.

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