Hurt (Roy Hamilton song)

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Single by Roy Hamilton
LabelEpic 9086
Songwriter(s)Jimmie Crane
Al Jacobs
Roy Hamilton singles chronology
"Ebb Tide"
"Unchained Melody"

"Hurt" is a 1954 song by Jimmie Crane and Al Jacobs. "Hurt" was originally performed by Roy Hamilton, whose version peaked at number eight on the R&B Best Seller chart and spent a total of seven weeks on the chart.[1] A version by Ricky Denell also received considerable radio airplay in 1954 on pop radio stations. The song is considered to be the signature hit of Timi Yuro, whose version went to number four on the Billboard pop chart in 1961. Juice Newton's 1985 version scored number one on Billboard's Country chart.

Cover versions[edit]

Single by Juice Newton
from the album Old Flame
B-side"Eye of a Hurricane"
ReleasedNovember 1985
RecordedAugust 1985
LabelRCA 14199
Songwriter(s)Jimmie Crane, Al Jacobs
Producer(s)Richard Landis
Juice Newton singles chronology
"You Make Me Want to Make You Mine"
"Old Flame"
Single by Timi Yuro
GenreBlue-eyed soul
Songwriter(s)Jimmie Crane, Al Jacobs
  • In 1961, Timi Yuro's version of "Hurt" reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100,[2] while reaching No. 2 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart[3] and No. 22 on the R&B chart.[4]
  • In 1964, Little Anthony and the Imperials recorded a version on their album,"Goin' Out Of My Head".[5] This version was a chart hit, reaching #51 on the Billboard Hot 100, 2 years later (1966).[6]
  • In 1964, Alain Barriere - Ma Vie (Hurt).
  • In 1967, Dalida - A qui? (Hurt).
  • In 1967, the Italian singer Fausto Leali had a personal triumph with a local version entitled "A chi" ("To whom"): it was the top record of the year in Italy.
  • In 1973, Bobby Vinton released a version of "Hurt". Vinton's version reached No. 1 in Flemish Belgium,[7] while reaching No. 3 in the Netherlands,[8] and No. 40 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart.[9] The song appeared in 1974 on his album With Love.
  • In 1976, Elvis Presley covered the song. Presley's version reached No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100,[10] while reaching No. 7 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart,[11] No. 6 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart,[12] and No. 37 on the UK Singles Chart.[13] Rock critic Greil Marcus described his performance of that song as "apocalyptic",[14] while fellow reviewer Dave Marsh said of it "If he felt the way he sounded, the wonder isn't that he had only a year left to live but that he managed to survive that long."[15] He sang the song on stage 159 times, usually performing it with a reprise. In four of these instances, in Birmingham, Alabama, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Chicago, he ended it by going to the floor intentionally while simultaneously delivering a seven-second uninterrupted note.
  • In 1976, The Manhattans also covered the song in their album The Manhattans. Their version reached No. 10 on Billboard's R&B chart, and No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart.[16]
  • In 1981, Carly Simon covered the song on her Torch album and it was released as the only single.
  • In 1986, Juice Newton had her third number-one country hit with her version of "Hurt." [17] Newton's is the only version of "Hurt" to become a #1 hit in the United States.
  • In 1988, Peabo Bryson covered the song on his “Positive” album.
  • In 2003 Italian singer Francesco De Gregori sings "A chi", cover of "Hurt" on the CD "Mix"
  • In 2015 Patrizio Buanne covered the song in an Italian/English version entitled A Chi (Hurt) for his album Viva la Dolce Vita.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 243.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 695.
  3. ^ Timi Yuro - Chart History - Adult Contemporary, Accessed October 25, 2015
  4. ^ Hurt - By: Timi Yuro, Accessed October 25, 2015
  5. ^ Video on YouTube
  6. ^ Little Anthony & the Imperials - Chart History - The Hot 100, Accessed October 25, 2015
  7. ^ Bobby Vinton - Hurt, Ultratop. Accessed October 25, 2015
  8. ^ Bobby Vinton - Hurt, Dutch Charts. Retrieved October 25, 2015
  9. ^ Bobby Vinton - Chart History - Adult Contemporary, Accessed October 25, 2015
  10. ^ Elvis Presley - Chart History - The Hot 100, Accessed October 25, 2015
  11. ^ Elvis Presley - Chart History - Adult Contemporary, Accessed October 25, 2015
  12. ^ Hurt - By: Elvis Presley, Accessed October 25, 2015
  13. ^ Elvis Presley - Full Official Chart History, Official Charts Company. Accessed October 25, 2015
  14. ^ Marcus, Greil (1982). Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music (Revised ed.). E.P. Dutton. p. 284. ISBN 0-525-47708-X.
  15. ^ Marsh, Dave (1980). "Elvis Presley". In Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (eds.). The Rolling Stone Record Guide (2nd ed.). Virgin. p. 430. ISBN 0-907080-00-6.
  16. ^ Hurt - By: The Manhattans, Accessed October 25, 2015
  17. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 248.