Hurt So Bad

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"Hurt So Bad"
Hurt So Bad - Little Anthony & The Imperials.jpg
Single by Little Anthony & The Imperials
from the album Goin' Out Of My Head
ReleasedDecember 29, 1964 (1964-12-29)[1]
Format7" single
GenreSoul, pop
Songwriter(s)Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein, Bobby Hart
Producer(s)Teddy Randazzo, Don Costa
Little Anthony & The Imperials singles chronology
"Goin' Out Of My Head"
"Hurt So Bad"
"Take Me Back"

"Hurt So Bad" is a song written by Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein, and Bobby Hart. It is a classic 1965 Top 10 hit ballad originally recorded by Little Anthony & The Imperials. Linda Ronstadt also had a Top 10 hit with her cover version in 1980. The song has been re-recorded by numerous artists including The Lettermen, who took the song to number twelve in September 1969.

Little Anthony & The Imperials version[edit]


Little Anthony & The Imperials' original version was taken from their album, Goin' out of My Head. It was the follow-up to that album's smash-hit title song, and like that song, also became a Billboard Top 10 hit as well as a Top Five R&B hit.[2] This version reached number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also performed by the group on their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. It was written especially for The Imperials by Teddy Randazzo, a long-time friend of the group, along with Bobby Weinstein and Bobby Hart, and was produced by Don Costa for his DCP record label, later absorbed by United Artists Records and re-released on its Veep Records subsidiary. A powerful, dramatic ballad recording, it has become one of The Imperials' best-known songs, and has inspired numerous cover versions.


  • "Little Anthony" Gourdine - lead vocals
  • Clarence "Wah-Hoo" Collins - baritone/bass
  • Ernest Wright - second tenor
  • Sammy Strain - first tenor
  • Producer: Don Costa
  • Backed by The 101 Strings Orchestra

El Chicano version[edit]


El Chicano released a cover of "Hurt So Bad" on their 1970 debut album Viva Tirado. It was one of 9 songs on the album, including their first hit single "Viva Tirado".

Linda Ronstadt version[edit]

"Hurt So Bad"
Hurt So Bad - Linda Ronstadt.jpg
Single by Linda Ronstadt
from the album Mad Love
ReleasedMarch 1980 (March 1980)
Format7" single
GenreRock, new wave
LabelAsylum Records
Songwriter(s)Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein, Bobby Hart
Producer(s)Peter Asher
Linda Ronstadt singles chronology
"How Do I Make You"
"Hurt So Bad"
"I Can't Let Go"


Linda Ronstadt recorded a cover of "Hurt So Bad" for her Platinum-certified album, Mad Love, in 1980. Produced by Peter Asher on Asylum Records, it was released as the disc's second single. Linda's version of the song featured a scorching guitar solo by Danny Kortchmar. It stands as the most successful version ever recorded of the song, which peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the Cash Box Top 100 chart in the spring of 1980.[3]

Other versions[edit]

The song was covered by the following artists:

A version of it appears on Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass's 1971 album, Summertime.


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  2. ^ Steve Huey. "Little Anthony & the Imperials Biography & Awards". Billboard. Retrieved 7 November 2009. The Imperials' streak of good fortune continued with the equally dramatic ballad "Hurt So Bad," another Top Ten hit that also became their second R&B Top Fiver in 1965.
  3. ^ "Linda Ronstadt - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-10-16.
  4. ^ William Ruhlmann. "Hurt So Bad". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 November 2009. The Lettermen, who had previously covered "Goin' out of My Head," revived it in 1969 for a Top 20 hit; Jackie DeShannon combined it in a medley with "You Keep Me Hangin' On" that reached the charts in 1976.
  5. ^ "It Hurts So Bad by Once Removed Band | Free Listening on SoundCloud". 2016-09-19. Retrieved 2016-10-16.