Monday, November 12, 2012

"Hurt So Bad" by Linda Ronstadt

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0132
Date:  04/12/1980
Debut:  46
Peak:  8
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Pop, Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  Ronstadt was still riding the new wave of her hit "How Do I Make You" when this second single from the album "Mad Love" was released. Debuting at a relatively high position for that time (#46), it wasn't long before this became her eighth Top 10 hit. Unfortunately, it would also be her last solo outing to reach the Top 10.

ReduxReview:  First off, this is just a great song and if you haven't heard the Little Anthony & the Imperials version, I suggest you do. It is a little more urgent and has a terrific arrangement. Ronstadt's is a bit more relaxed but she just kicks ass on the vocals. Plus it features Danny Kortchmar's screamin' guitar. I don't think I could pick one over the other. To me they are both terrific in their own way.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  This song was originally written for Little Anthony & the Imperials. They took the song to #10 in 1965. The Letterman also scored a hit with the song in 1969 with their #12 version. Ronstadt's #8 remake would be the best chart outing for the song.


1 comment:

  1. Chart Run: 46 - 23 - 18 - 15 - 12 - 11 - 8 - 8 - 8 - 15 - 19 - 26 - 80 - 99