Only Love Can Break A Heart

Album: Only Love Can Break A Heart (1962)
Charted: 2

Songfacts®:

  • This was written by the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, the duo behind Pitney's previous hit, "(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance." Bacharach and David penned a few more hits for Pitney, including "Twenty-Four Hours From Tulsa" before discovering their longtime muse: Dionne Warwick.
  • This was Pitney's biggest hit in the US. In an ironic twist, it was kept out of the #1 spot by a song that he had written himself: "He's A Rebel," which was a hit for The Crystals.
  • The whistling that occurs before the first verse and during the ending was done by Pitney himself. >>
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    Jerro - New Alexandria, PA, for above 3
  • Margaret Whiting and Bobby Vinton had some success on the Easy Listening chart with their renditions. Whiting hit #4 in 1967, while Vinton peaked at #46 in 1977. That same year, Dionne Warwick recorded a cover on the compilation album Only Love Can Break A Heart. Glen Campbell also recorded it for his 1999 album, My Hits and Love Songs.

    Country singers fared better. Sonny James' version peaked at #2 on the Country chart in 1972, and Kenny Dale had his biggest hit on the tally when his cover landed at #7 in 1979.

Comments: 9

  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaGreat tune and lyrics.
  • Terry M from Tacoma Wa.What a great voice this man had. You need to find a compilation album of his hits to appreciate his talent.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 26th 1962, "If I Didn't Have A Dime (To Play the Jukebox)" by Gene Pitney entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #99; and on October 7th, 1962 it peaked at #58 {for 1 week} and spent 7 weeks on the Top 100...
    The week it peaked at #58, the record's A-side, "Only Love Can Break A Heart", was at #13 on the Top 100, and three weeks later it would peak at #2 {for 1 week}...
    Both songs were from his 2nd studio album, "Only Love Can Break A Heart", and the album also produced two more Top 100 hits; "(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance" {peaked at #4} and "Half Heaven - Half Heartache" {reached #12}...
    R.I.P. Gene Francis Alan Pitney {1940 - 2006}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 29th 1977, Bobby Vinton's covered version of "Only Love Can Break A Heart" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart for a two week stay, peaking at #99.
  • Mavis from Morehead, KyAbsolutely love Gene Pitney. Can't believe he's gone. He will surely be missed. He was such a great singer.
  • Ravindra from Delhi, Indiareally it is a nice song,when i listen this song i get emotional, sweet for the brain and ear.
  • Ravindra from Delhi, IndiaWhen I was on the way to London, I listened to this song [only love can]on board in Air India flight, realy I listen the song throughout my journey for more than 6 hours. Before that I heard a little about Pitney but not listen a song for once. Realy nice song, nice singer.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyGreat song; I also really liked the flip side, 'If I Didn't Have A Dime {To Play The Jukebox'...
  • Doug from Gold Coast, AustraliaGene Pitney died in his sleep on Wednesday, April 4th, 2006 while on tour in Wales, UK. He had just performed his last concert that evening.
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