Heartbreak Express

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Heartbreak Express
Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released April 24, 1982[1] [2]
Recorded Los Angeles and Nashville, 1982
Genre Country
Length 35:09
Label RCA Records
Producer Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton chronology
9 to 5 and Odd Jobs
(1980)9 to 5 and Odd Jobs1980
Heartbreak Express
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Soundtrack
(1982)Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Soundtrack1982
Singles from Heartbreak Express
  1. "Single Women"
    Released: February 27, 1982
  2. "Heartbreak Express"
    Released: May 29, 1982
  3. "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind"
    Released: July 31, 1982 (released as "B" side of "I Will Always Love You" single, both songs charted)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau B−[4]

Heartbreak Express is Dolly Parton's 24th solo studio album. Released in April 1982, the album returned Parton to a more fully realized country sound (a process she had begun on the previous year's 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs), after her late 1970s pop recordings. The album's first single, "Single Women", a slow-tempo honkytonk ballad about a singles bar, was written by Saturday Night Live writer Michael O'Donoghue, and had previously appeared in an SNL skit in late 1980. The single provided a top ten single for Parton. The title cut also was a top ten hit for her. "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind" (a song Parton had written in the early 1970s but had never officially recorded) appeared as a double-A-sided single (along with Parton's rerecording of "I Will Always Love You" from the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Soundtrack), and reached #1 on the country charts in August 1982.

"Hollywood Potters", Parton has explained to interviewers, came out of her experience filming the movie Nine to Five, as Parton watched many of the film's extras and bit players, who had worked very hard at acting through the years, but with very little success.

The song, "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind," was performed by American Idol (season 7) finalist Ramiele Malubay in 2008. She sang the song during the Dolly Parton tribute week. A studio version of her cover was released on the iTunes Store as "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind (American Idol Studio Version) - Single" in 2008. Heartbreak Express was re-released in digital format in 2013.

The album is now out of print.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dolly Parton except as noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Heartbreak Express"   3:13
2. "Single Women" Michael O'Donoghue 3:44
3. "My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy"   3:49
4. "As Much As Always"   3:01
5. "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind"   4:01
6. "Release Me" Eddie Miller, Dub Williams, Robert Yount 3:27
7. "Barbara on Your Mind"   3:09
8. "Act Like a Fool"   3:24
9. "Prime of Our Love"   3:46
10. "Hollywood Potters"   3:55

Major releases[edit]

Format Imprint Catalogue No. Territory Year
Promo RCA RCALP 3076 United Kingdom 1982
LP RCA RCALP 3076 United Kingdom 1982
LP RCA AHL1-14289 United States 1982
LP RCA HL 14289 France 1982
LP RCA Italiana S.p.A. PL 14389 Italy 1982
CD Reissue RCA 54289-2 Europe 2010

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums[citation needed] 5
U.S. Billboard 200[5] 106


  1. ^ "Heartbreak Express - Dolly Parton". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Heartbreak Express by Dolly Parton". artists.CMT. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Heartbreak Express at AllMusic
  4. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Artist 372". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Heartbreak Express at AllMusic

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