Gene Pitney

Only Love Can Break a Heart

Composed by Burt Bacharach / Hal David

Song Review by

After having a hit with "(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance," Gene Pitney's label was certainly happy to get a new Bacharach/David song for Pitney to cover. "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" fit the bill perfectly, with its vague C&W melody and simple but effective pop hooks. It's another great story-song about lovers' pain and their truths that go with it; the song's chorus swells like very few compositions from the period. Interestingly, "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" didn't make the top of the charts. It held onto the number two position by a Gene Pitney song that was recorded by another group and produced by Phil Spector: "He's a Rebel," cut by the Crystals.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1963 Collectables
No Image 1963 Musicor 2:50
The Sound of Bacharach 1965
Various Artists
Westside Records 2:52
Looking Through the Eyes of Love 1966 Object Enterprises
No Image 1966 Musicor 2:50
No Image 1967
The Best of Gene Pitney [K-Tel] 1969 K-Tel Distribution 2:50
No Image 1972
Various Artists
Sceptre 2:49
20 Great Hits 1976 Movieplay Music 2:51
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: 1962 1986
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:51
20 Greatest Hits 1963 1988
Various Artists
Deluxe 2:52
Greatest Hits [CBS] 1989 CBS Records 2:48
Golden Classics 1991 Collectables 2:53
AM Gold: 1962 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:51
Mr. Hitmaker 1992 Classic Hits 2:51
Smash Hits [Laurie] 1993
Various Artists
Laurie
Love Sixties 1994
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1962 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 2:49
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Delta Distribution
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Warner Special Products
American Dreams: The American Music Sampler, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:52
Greatest Hits [Curb] 1995 Curb 2:51
No Image 1995 Rhino
Ultimate Anthology 1995 One Way Records
Golden Hits 1996 Intercontinental Records 2:54
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 [Golden Stars] 1996 Golden Stars 2:51
Many Sides of Gene Pitney/Only Love Can Break a Heart 1997 RPM 2:50
20 Greatest Hits [Galaxy] 1997 Galaxy Music 3:02
The Burt Bacharach Songbook 1998
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 2:51
More Original Jukebox Hits 1998
Various Artists
Empire Super Doubles 2:54
No Image 1998 Federal Records
Gene Pitney Sings Just for You/World Wide Winners 1998 RPM / RPM Retrodisc 2:51
22 Greatest Hits (Highland) 1998 Highland Music 2:54
25 All-Time Greatest Hits 1999 Varèse Vintage / Varese 2:50
The Definitive Collection 1999 Charly Records 2:51
Soundtracks of Love: Tell It Like It Is 1999
Various Artists
Unison 2:49
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Polymedia
Millennium Box Set 1999
Various Artists
Disky 2:52
Rock & Roll Show [King] 1999
Various Artists
King / King 2:47
Boys of Rock 60's, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:53
Gene Pitney [Magic Collection] 2000 2:49
Looking Through: The Ultimate Collection 2000 Sequel 2:48
Ultimate Love Collection 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 2:52
Teenage Idols [4 Discs] 2001
Various Artists
Disky Communications 2:52
Teenage Idols [CD #2] 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:52
Happy Days 50's & 60's 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 2:50
The Great Pretender 2002 Disky 2:53
The Very Best of Gene Pitney: I'm Gonna Be Strong 2002 B.R. 2:51
No Image 2002
Various Artists
Realm Records 2:51
Thirty Six Pop Memories 2003 Excellence
The Sixties [Goldies Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Goldies 2:50
18 All Time Greatest Hits 2004 Teevee Records 2:49
A Street Called Hope 2004 Atom 2:49
Rock & Roll: The First 50 Years - The Early 60's 2004
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 2:49
Lifetime of Romance: Some Enchanted Evening 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:51
Music Of Your Life: Some Enchanted Evening 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:51
Love Grows 2005 Sanctuary 2:49
Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart: The Collection 2005 Music Deluxe (UK) / Demon 2:50
The Very Best of Gene Pitney [Crimson] 2005 Crimson Productions 2:48
Greatest Hits [MCP] 2006 MCP
Gene Pitney [Video] 2006 Delta Distribution / Laserlight
No Image 2006 Golden Greats
Platinum Collection 2006 EMI Music Distribution 2:49
Superstar Series 2006 Payless 2:51
The Definitive Burt Bacharach Songbook 2006
Various Artists
Universal
Lifetime of Romance [Time Life Box Set] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:51
The Best of Gene Pitney [Collectables] 2008 Collectables 2:50
Pop Memories of the '60s: Blue Velvet 2009
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:51
Pop Memories of the 60s [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:51
200 Sixties Hits: 200 Classic No. 1 Songs from the 60s 2012
Various Artists
Maximuze 2:48
Only Love Can Break a Heart [AP] 2012 AP 2:50
Music of Your Life 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:51
Romancing the '60s [Time] 2013
Various Artists
StarVista / Time/Life Music 2:51
No Image 2013 Jasmine / Jasmine Records
This Magic Moment: The Sound of the Brill Building 2014
Various Artists
Jasmine Records 2:46
No Image
Various Artists
Rare Jazz Music Ltd 2:55
No Image Bescol
24 Hours From Tulsa Sanctuary
No Image
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:45
America's Greatest Hits, Vol. 13: 1962
Various Artists
Acrobat / Trapeze 2:50
American Music Library: The Hits of 1962
Various Artists
Fantastic Voyage 2:49
No Image Fourmatt 2:50
De Pre Historie: 1962, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Eva 2:52
Don't Make Me Over: the Songs of Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Various Artists
Jasmine Records
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:51
Golden Oldies Hit Series, Vol. 4
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:45
No Image BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / Pilz
Legendary Voices
Various Artists
StarVista / Time/Life Music 2:51
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:51
Romancing the '60s: This Magic Moment
Various Artists
StarVista 2:51
Teenage Memories, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Cherished Records 2:54
The Great Gene Pitney Goldies 2:50
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