Nothing But Heartaches

Album: More Hits by The Supremes (1965)
Charted: 11

Songfacts®:

  • As this song missed just one position of the US Top 10, it put the Supremes' string of consecutive #1 American hits to an end. Like the four out of their five consecutive #1 American hits, this song is about heartache and/or unrequited love. When this failed to make even the Top 10 (let alone reach #1), Holland/Dozier/Holland (the Supremes' songwriters and producers) had finally realized that the themes of the Supremes' songs had begun to be monotonous.

    After the song's disappointing result on the charts, Motown president Berry Gordy sent a memo all around offices of Motown that read: "We will release nothing less than Top 10 product on any artist; and because the Supremes' worldwide acceptance is greater than the other artists, on them we will only release #1 records." When Holland/Dozier/Holland received the message, they decided to try a new theme for the Supremes. The result was the Supremes' next hit, "I Hear a Symphony," which brought the group back to the #1 spot.
  • The original title of this song was "I Can't Break Away." >>
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  • As the title implies, this song is a bit of a downer, with Diana Ross singing about a guy who "keeps me cryin' myself to sleep." It's quite a contrast to the giddy "Back in My Arms Again," the previous Supremes single.
  • This was released in the lead-up to The Supremes first run at the Copacabana, a venerable nightclub in New York city that typically hosted crooners like Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Motown was hoping the song would provide another hit to coincide with their three-week stay at the Copa, but the song lagged on the charts; it peaked at #11 on September 4, 1965, two weeks after their engagement ended.

Comments: 4

  • Rotunda from Tulsa, OkI bought this single when it was released in '65 and I still love it. Back then, I am sure I never felt it was monotonous theme-wise. All I cared about was that if it had a good beat to dance to, if it had "The Motown Sound," and if the lyrics were sensible (not silly). For those of you who remember, the mid-Sixties had some pretty bizarre-sounding songs, like "Snoopy & The Red Baron," "JuJu Hand," & "Judy In Disguise." But "Nothing But Heartaches" apparently sold well enough to reach #11, according to Billboard. Back then, I hardly ever paid much attention to the Billboard record charts. For me it was Song Hits or CashBox magazines' polls. I still love this song.
  • John from Nashville, TnThis song was an illogical followup to the Supremes' previous five #1 hits. After Diana wonders "where did our love go?", she pleads with her lover to "Don't throw our love away" (Baby Love). The lover leaves Diana who begs him to "Come See About Me" before discovering her lover is a two-timer in "Stop In The Name Of Love". After Diana sings that the lover is "Back In My Arms Again", he then brings her "Nothing But Heartaches". It seems like after he's back in her arms again, Diana should immediately be singing "I Hear A Symphony" to celebrate her reignited romantic relationship.
  • Kristin from Bessemer, AlAfter the Supremes' winning streak of five consecutive number ones in the row, their next follow-up was supposed to be a tune called "Mother Dear", but "Nothing But Heartaches" got the deciding vote from Motown's Quality Control - "Mother Dear" is on their album "More Hits By The Supremes"-
  • Jim from Dearborn Heights , MiThis is one of my favorite songs The Supremes did yes it broke their string of number ones i really do feel it did have it in it to go to to number one why who knows also theyreleased a lot of unreleased songs that i love too like It's All Your Fault Dr. Goldfoot and The Bikini Machine which was a movie in 1966 with Vincent Price Fred Clark and Frankie Avalon they are singing the song when the movie starts they were also in Beach Ball they did that song and Surfer Boy and were in a TV episode of Tarzan in 1968 The Supremes then were Diana Cindy and Mary they were dressed as nuns Tarzan was Ron Ely
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