According to Don Everly, the Everly Brothers planned to release this as a single, but industry politics got in the way. The group was managed by Wesley Rose, who was part owner of the publishing company Acuff-Rose. After a string of hits for Cadence Records, they left for Warner Bros. in 1960, continuing their hit parade with "Cathy's Clown
" and "So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)." But Rose wanted them to release singles for which Acuff-Rose owned the publishing, and when the duo recorded covers of "Lucille
" and "Temptation" (a song from 1933), he protested, leading to a split and a legal dispute. Rose had another one of his clients, Roy Orbison, record "Love Hurts" and released it as the B-side to his #1 hit "Running Scared
" in 1961.
"Wesley covered us with Roy Orbison, which was outlandishly selfish," Don Everly said in Walk Right Back: The Everly Brothers On Warner Bros.
"The arrangement was ours, and it was written for us. We couldn't release it as a single because we didn't know if Acuff-Rose would license it or not because we were in a lawsuit with them. It got that bitter."