Nothing but a Heartache

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"Nothing but a Heartache" is a pop hit originally released on the Deram Records label in November 1968 by South Carolina trio The Flirtations. Produced by Wayne Bickerton and co-written by Bickerton and Tony Waddington — the British songwriting/producing duo later responsible for the 1970s successes of The Rubettes — "Nothing But a Heartache" just missed the UK Top 50, peaking at 51.[citation needed] However the track reached the Top 40 in both the Netherlands (#36) and in the US, where it spent two weeks at #34 in late May 1969 during what was then considered a lengthy 14-week run on Billboard's Hot 100 – especially for a hit that did not reach the top 30.[1] The single did, however, reach #31 on Cash Box[2] and #25 on Record World.

In late April, "Nothing but a Heartache" reached #3 in Boston on WRKO-AM.[3] In Canada it reached #31[4] and in Australia it charted at #97.[citation needed]

In October 2017, American punk rock /hip hop band the Transplants released a cover version of the song on their Take Cover EP.


  1. ^ ”Billboard Hot 100 Charts – The Sixties”, Record Research Inc, 1990
  2. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, May 31, 1969
  3. ^ "WRKO". 
  4. ^ RPM Top Singles, May 19, 1969

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