It Really Hurts Me Girl

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"It Really Hurts Me Girl"
Single by The Carstairs
B-side"The Story of Our Love"
GenreSoul, funk
LabelRed Coach RC 802
Songwriter(s)Cleveland Horne, Raymond A. Evans
Producer(s)Cleveland Horne, Raymond A. Evans

"It Really Hurts Me Girl" is a song and single by American group, The Carstairs.[1]

In the UK, DJ Ian Levine, having heard this song played on radio in Miami, acquired a copy and played it during a Northern soul event at the Blackpool Mecca in 1973.[2][3] It caused controversy as it was not to the liking of those who preferred traditional Northern soul music based on a sound and rhythm similar to that traditionally emanating from the Motown label. The song is credited with stating a new musical genre that came to be known as modern soul music.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ "It Really Hurts Me Girl". Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  2. ^ "It Really Hurts Me Girl". Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Ian Levine - Interview". Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  4. ^ "The Carstairs". Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Northern Soul: 40 years of the sound of Wigan Casino". BBC Arts. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  6. ^ Shapiro, Peter (2005). Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco. New York: Faber and Faber. p. 52. ISBN 978-0-86547-952-4. the carstairs it really hurts me.