Love Hurts (Vertigo, 1974)
Love Hurts was written by American songwriter Boudleaux Bryant. It was first recorded in 1960 by the Everly Brothers but was never released. Roy Orbison covered the song in 1961 as a B-side to Running Scared and hit #5 in Australia. In 1975 Jim Capaldi hit #4 in the UK, #6 in Australia, #8 in Ireland (amongst others) with his cover. (His version would prove to be his highest charting UK single.) But a year earlier in 1974, Love Hurts would be the most popular version. Scottish hard rock band Nazareth covered Love Hurts as a power ballad and became the only version of the song to be an American hit single, peaking at #8. This version topped the charts in Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa and Norway. In fact, in Norway, Love Hurts was at the top spot for 14 weeks becoming the top single of all time there. And finally, Cher originally covered the song in 1975 as well for her 12th album Stars but didn’t release it. In 1991 she covered the song again for her 20th studio album of the same name. It only peaked at #8 in Denmark and #43 in the UK.