It’s A Heartache – Bonnie Tyler

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………..on March 19th of 1978 “It’s A Heartache” by Bonnie Tyler entered Billboard’s Hot Top 100 chart at position #78; and on June 18th, 1978 it peaked at #3 {for 2 weeks} and spent 21 weeks on the Top 100. The two weeks that “It’s A Heartache” was at #3, for those two weeks the #1 record was “Shadow Dancing” by Andy Gibb and at #2 was “Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty. Ronnie Scott and Steve Wolfe, who were Tyler’s managers, wrote this song. The team wrote and produced many of her songs in the ’70s, including five of the cuts on the It’s a Heartache album. Tyler released this song in November 1977 and country singer Juice Newton came out with her version in April 1978; her version only reached #86, though it went gold in Mexico. Around this same time, Ronnie Spector (of the Ronettes) also recorded the song but her version went nowhere. Tyler’s version proved the most successful, reaching #1 in Canada, France, Sweden, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil. Tyler had throat problems severe enough to require surgery, the procedure can often be career threatening. In the case of Bonnie Tyler, however, the nodules that she developed singing in nightclubs in her native Wales turned out to be career making. After her 1976 operation, Tyler’s voice carried a distinctive rasp somewhat reminiscent of Rod Stewart’s, and helped propel this song into the #3 spot. Of note the drummer on the Bonnie Tyler version of “It’s A Heartache” was fellow Welch countryman Mike Gibbins of Badfinger fame.