Heartbreak Express

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Heartbreak Express
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 29, 1982
RecordedLos Angeles and Nashville, 1982
LabelRCA Records
ProducerDolly Parton
Dolly Parton chronology
9 to 5 and Odd Jobs
Heartbreak Express
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Singles from Heartbreak Express
  1. "Single Women"
    Released: February 8, 1982
  2. "Heartbreak Express"
    Released: May 10, 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB−[2]

Heartbreak Express in the twenty-fourth solo studio album by Dolly Parton. It was released on March 29, 1982, by RCA Records. 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.

1."Heartbreak Express" 3:13
2."Single Women"Michael O'Donoghue3:44
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 Yount3:27
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[3] 106


  1. ^ Heartbreak Express at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Artist 372". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
  3. ^ Heartbreak Express at AllMusic

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