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Single by Ricky Skaggs
from the album Highways & Heartaches
B-side "Don't Think I'll Cry"
Released July 1982
Genre Country
Length 3:16
Label Epic
Writer(s) Guy Clark
Producer(s) Ricky Skaggs
Ricky Skaggs singles chronology
"I Don't Care"
"I Wouldn't Change You If I Could"

"Heartbroke" is a song written by Guy Clark, and originally recorded by Rodney Crowell on his 1980 album But What Will the Neighbors Think.

It was later recorded by American country artist Ricky Skaggs. It was released in July 1982 as the first single from the album Highways & Heartaches. "Heartbroke" was Ricky Skaggs' third number one on the country chart. The single stayed at number one for one week and spent a total of eleven weeks on the country chart.[1]


Chart (1982) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

Other versions[edit]

George Strait released his version on his second album Strait from the Heart in 1982, not knowing the song had been recorded by Skaggs about two weeks earlier. The Marshall Tucker Band also released a version on their 1982 album Tuckerized.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 315. 
  2. ^ "Ricky Skaggs – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Ricky Skaggs.

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Preceded by
"You're So Good When You're Bad"
by Charley Pride
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

November 13, 1982
Succeeded by
"War Is Hell (On the Homefront Too)"
by T.G. Sheppard
Preceded by
"Close Enough to Perfect"
by Alabama
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

December 4, 1982
Succeeded by
"It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy"
by Janie Fricke