It's a Heartache

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"It's a Heartache"
Single by Bonnie Tyler
from the album Natural Force
B-side "It's About Time"
Released November 1977
Genre Rock, country rock, soft rock
Length 3:31
Writer(s) Ronnie Scott & Steve Wolfe
Producer(s) David Mackay
Certification Platinum (SNEP)
Gold (BPI, Music Canada, RIAA)
Bonnie Tyler singles chronology
"It's a Heartache"
"Here Am I"

"It's a Heartache" is a song recorded by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler for her second studio album, Natural Force (1978). The song was recorded in the same year by Juice Newton as a standalone single. It was written by Ronnie Scott and Steve Wolfe, Tyler's at-the-time managers, and produced by David Mackay.

Tyler's version received positive reviews from music critics. The song reached number three in the United States and number four in the United Kingdom. With physical sales in excess of 6 million copies, Tyler's version is one of the best-selling singles of all time.[1] Tyler has re-recorded the song several times, most notably as a bilingual duet with French singer Kareen Antonn in 2004.

Juice Newton's version of "It's A Heartache" was released on select foreign editions of her Come to Me album. When released as a single in Mexico in 1977, the song garnered a gold record. Newton's version was released in the United States the following year and peaked at number 86.

Critical reception[edit]

The release of "It's a Heartache" had music critics comparing Tyler's voice to Rod Stewart's.[2] Carol Wetzel from Spokane Daily Chronicle complimented Tyler's voice on "It's a Heartache", stating that her previous big hit, "Lost in France", is "no big deal, probably because it was made before her voice changed."[3]

Other versions[edit]

Si Tout S'Arrête[edit]

"Si tout s'arrête (It's a Heartache)"
Single by Bonnie Tyler and Kareen Antonn
from the album Simply Believe
Released 7 June 2004
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:25
Writer(s) Ronnie Scott & Steve Wolfe
Producer(s) John Stage
Bonnie Tyler singles chronology
"Si demain... (Turn Around)"
"Si tout s'arrête (It's a Heartache)"
"Vergiß Es (Forget It)"

Tyler's most notable re-recording of the song appeared on her album Simply Believe (2004). It was recorded as a French/English bilingual track with Kareen Antonn and released as a single on 7 June 2004.[4] The song was a hit in Belgium, France and Switzerland.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 7
France (IFOP)[6] 12
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[7] 25

Track listing[edit]

Digital download and CD single[4]
  1. "Si Tout S'Arrête (It's a Heartache)" — 3:25
  2. "Rock Theme (Single Version)" — 3:49

The second track is an instrumental rock track.

Other covers[edit]

Since 1977, this song has been covered numerous times. It appeared on the 1978 live album by David Johansen of the New York Dolls, The David Johansen Group Live. Country rock group Dave & Sugar released a cover in 1981, reaching #32 on the country charts with it. Trick Pony covered it on the album R.I.D.E., and released its version in 2005, peaking at #22 on the same chart. A version of the song appears on Arab Strap's Ten Years of Tears. Gene Pitney recorded a version on his 2003 album, Blue Angel - The Bronze Sessions. Rod Stewart has been covering the song live since recording it on his 2006 album Still the Same… Great Rock Classics of Our Time. In 2009, Jill Johnson recorded the song on the cover album Music Row II.[8]

There is also a German version called "Lass mein Knie, Joe", sung by Norwegian female singer Wencke Myhre in 1978.

A Spanish version was recorded by the Chilean group Frecuencia Mod in 1978, by the tile "¡Oh! Qué pena".[9][10]

In Italy, Patty Pravo recorded a version called "Notti bianche" in 1978.

A French version was recorded by Eva (a German singer), under the title "Et je m'en vais".

The Argentinian band Fun People recorded a punk version for the single "Middle Of The Rounds", in 1999.

In 1979, Czech singer Karel Gott made cover version "Jen se hádej".

In 1992, Country singer Lorrie Morgan recorded the song on her album Watch Me.

Charts and certifications[edit]