From a little-known original to a chart-topping hit – let's remember the best covers of "Love Hurts"
«Love Hurts» – one of the most famous rock ballads about love, dating back more than 60 years! For the first time, she decorated the album «A Date with The Everly Brothers» groups Everly Brothers. Unfortunately, their version was not released on a single, and did not gain the proper success. He was the first to bring her popularity Roy Orbison. But not even his interpretation is the most famous today: at the end of 1974, Scottish rock monsters presented their vision of romanticized lyrics. Nazareth! And after a while, a heartbreaking ballad, masterfully performed By Dan McCafferty, conquered the world charts!
The current generation of listeners is in no hurry to delve into the history of this song, preferring to just enjoy it... Because of this, some mistakenly believe that "Love Hurts" belongs to «Назарету»! But this is not the case. In addition to the rock band and author «Pretty Woman», this song was performed by many artists… And today we will look at the most interesting versions. Let's start with the original.
American duo brothers Don and Phil Everly debuted in 1956 year. By the end of the decade, the project was already a success and a fan base, and a fourth studio album was on the horizon «A Date with The Everly Brothers». It included the iconic ballad written by one of the most popular authors of those years – Budlo Bryant.
Unfortunately, the song was never released as a single, despite the desire of the band itself… Don Everly would later say that "industry politics "got in the way of his and his brother. As a result, the manager at that time, Everly Brothers Wesley Rose gave this creation away To Roy Orbison…
And if the version is Everly Brothers if she did not achieve success, despite the fact that she opened the "B" side on the album, then the cult pioneer of rock and roll managed to make her famous! The song was released on the B-side of his hit single. «Running Scared», and this, in turn, was already half the success…
Finally «Love Hurts» she reached the fifth place in Australia, where she won the hearts of listeners. Thus, Orbison is the first person to glorify this lyric.
After that, other artists presented their covers, including: Mark Winter, Ray Peterson and Jimmy Webb. But as such, there was no success. And it is not known how the story would have ended «Love Hurts», and they would have remembered it today in general, if they hadn't "entered the game" Nazareth! According to the memoirs of the participants themselves, they always liked this ballad, and even served as a source of inspiration. But record it for your album «Hair of the Dog» they definitely didn't plan on it.
As a result, their version gradually began to conquer the charts, and by 1976 it became a big hit! The cover was awarded gold and platinum status in several countries, and the music video scored more than 50 million views on YouTube!
The British drummer, singer and songwriter presented his interpretation of the love ballad next. Jim Capaldi. "Love Hurts" was released as a single in 1975 year, and later added to the album «Short Cut Draw Blood». In its native UK, the song reached number 4, while in the US it was only 97th.…
What's most interesting about the whole story is the Rolling Stone reviewer's comment: "the feeling of pain is very different from Roy Orbison's original...". Apparently, the critic was not aware that Orbison's version is also a good one. cover version.
Another version was released in 1975 this year, but this time-in a beautiful female performance! And introduced her charming Cher... Alas, but her vision «Love Hurts» it went almost unnoticed. It wasn't until many years later that the song was first mentioned, when an updated version was released for the 1991 album of the same name. As a result, the album went gold in the United States and platinum in Canada, and the single gained moderate popularity in the charts.…
Cher has repeatedly performed this song at her concerts, and in one of the interviews even stated that it is one of the most popular songs in the world. my favorite ones her compositions.
Finally, we offer you interesting covers of other artists, including: Joan Jett, The Who, Smokie and other geniuses of the music scene!