"Heartaches by the Number" is a popular and country song written by Harlan Howard and published in 1959.
The biggest hit version was recorded by Guy Mitchell on August 24, 1959. It reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the weeks of December 14 and December 21, 1959. The recording was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 41476. His recording of the song is featured in the videogame Fallout: New Vegas.
Earlier in the year, the song also made the country music charts in a version by Ray Price (Columbia 41374). Price's version reached number two and spent 40 weeks on the Billboard Hot C&W Sides chart.
Sheet music for the song was a best seller in both the US and Britain in January 1960.
In 1961, a George Jones version of the song was included on the Mercury label album George Jones Sings Country and Western Hits (MG 20624/SR 60624).
Mercury also included a version of the song by Leroy Van Dyke on the album Walk on By (MG 20682/SR 60682). Also in 1961 Kitty Wells recorded a version for her lp Heartbreak U.S.A. A later version by Jack Reno reached #26 on the same chart in 1972.
Other artists who have covered this song include: Johnny Tillotson in 1965, Willie Nelson in 1966, Waylon Jennings in 1967, Jerry Lee Lewis in 1969, Dwight Yoakam in 1986, Martina McBride (featuring Dwight Yoakam) in 2005, Connie Francis, and Buck Owens.
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