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Hurt So Bad

by

Little Anthony & the Imperials



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Little Anthony & The Imperials were signed to DCP Records, where Terry Randazzo and Bobby Weinstein wrote their hit songs "I'm on the Outside (Looking In)" and "Goin' out of My Head," both big time heartache songs. After writing "Come A Little Bit Closer" with Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart signed with DCP Records and sang background when Randazzo performed in Las Vegas. When label head Don Costa asked for another hit for Little Anthony, Hart, Randazzo and Weinstein went to a conference room between sets and came up with "Hurt So Bad," a song about a man who feels intense pain when he sees his former love.
Bobby Hart went on to tremendous songwriting success with Tommy Boyce, coming up with many hit songs for The Monkees. Hart considers "Hurt So Bad" his crowning achievement as a songwriter, although he knows that he'll always be remembered for his hits with The Monkees. (Kent Kotal of the Forgotten Hits newsletter interviewed Bobby Hart and supplied the above 2)
In the US, this was a #12 hit for The Lettermen in 1969. In 1980, Linda Ronstadt's version went to #8.
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Comments (3):

On January 25th, 1970, Little Anthony and the Imperials performed "Hurts So Bad" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show' (it was performed in a medley with "Goin' Out of Head", "Don't Get Close", "Shimmy Shimmy Koko Bop", and "Tears On My Pillow")...
Five years earlier on January 31st, 1965 "Hurts So Bad" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on March 7th, 1965 it peaked at #10 (for 1 week) and spent 9 weeks on the Top 100...
It reached #3 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
On Sept. 14th, 1969 the Lettermen's covered version peaked at #12 for 1 week, then eleven years later on May 18th, 1980 Linda Ronstadt spent 3 weeks at #8 with her version...
Jackie DeShannon combined it with "You Keep Me Hangin' On", and that medley entered the Top 100 on May 24th, 1970 for a 1 week stay at position #96.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Great, great song. Little Anthony's version reached #10 on Billboard's Top 100. I always enjoy the mournful violin playing in the background!!!
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Little Anthony and the Imperials had a terrific soul tune in late 1970, called "Help Me Find A Way (To Say I Love You) - it wasnt a hit, only reaching #90, but still a great tune.
- Kristin, Bessemer, AL
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