Nothing But A Heartache

Album: released as a single (1968)
Charted: 34


  • The Flirtations were a female trio from South Carolina who made their way to England in 1967, where their American Soul sound went over well. They were discovered by Wayne Bickerton, who signed them to Deram Records and produced this track. Their most famous song and only hit, it has a strong Motown influence. Not only does the group sound like The Supremes, but the song contains lyrics of heartache and pain set to a lush, uptempo groove - something typical of Motown songs like "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and "It's A Shame."
  • The song appeared in a UK commercial for KFC.
  • A music video was produced for the song shot at Tintern Abbey in Wales. >>
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    Dor - Canton, OH, for above 2
  • The UK House band The Freemasons recorded a new version for their 2006 album Shakedown. DJ Pytski produced a popular mash-up of this version with an acoustic version of Rihanna's "Umbrella."

Comments: 5

  • Grievousangle from North CarolinaCould have sworn that was a Phil Specter production, "Wall of Sound"
  • Donna from Quincy MaUnless I am hearing it wrong (and I don't think I am), they're NOT saying "he's got me all won." They're saying "He's got me. Oh why can't I get him?" Used to love the song. Huge local hit in Boston.
  • Neal from Hooterville, MiThis is a good song to fool people who *think* they know Motown music.... It sure sounds like the Supremes!
  • Tom from Dozier, AlThis song takes me back to 1969. I always wondered why The Flirtations weren't up there with The Supremes, etc.. This song is one of the classics!!
  • Mark from Richmond, VaSouthside Johnny & the Asubry Jukes did an excellent cover of this tune on their 2006 release "Into The Harbour."
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