Love Hurts – Nazareth

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………..on January 19th of 1976 “Love Hurts” by Nazareth cracks the Top 20 on Billboard. It entered the chart on November 16th, 1975 at position #95 and spent 23 weeks on the Top 100. Nazareth made this song a hit, but it was originally recorded by the Everly Brothers. Roy Orbison also released it in 1961 as the B-side to his #1 hit “Running Scared”. Written and composed by the American songwriter Boudleaux Bryant. First recorded by The Everly Brothers in July 1960, the song is also well known from a 1975 international hit version by the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth and in the UK by a top five hit in 1975 by the English singer Jim Capaldi. Performed as a power balladthe Nazareth version was the most popular version of the song and the only rendition of “Love Hurts” to become a hit single in the United States, reaching No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1976. Billboard ranked it as the No. 23 song for 1976. As part of the “Hot Tracks (EP)” it also reached No. 15 in the UK in 1977. Nazareth’s version was an international hit, peaking at No. 1 in Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa and Norway, and remains the best-known recording of the song. The Nazareth single was so successful in Norway that it charted for 61 weeks on the Norwegian charts (VG-lista Top 10), including 14 weeks at No. 1, making it the top single of all time in that country. Of note Nazareth got its name from the first line of the Band’s “The Weight” – “I pulled into Nazareth…”