For some reason, the Bemolution loves benign American pop music from the ’50s, despite the fact we should probably hate it and everything it represents. Harlan Howard-penned ‘Heartaches By The Number’ was first given voice in 1959 by the wholesome baritone of Ray Price, here shown bearing a fair resemblance to devious President Charles Logan from the fifth series of 24, and standing around what looks the set of a Wild West-themed panto with a higher-pitched pal in a lovely shirt.
Price’s version – slightly better in our meaningless opinion – wasn’t the one that brought the song to a mass audience, though. Later the same year, Guy Mitchell’s rendition would prove a roaring success. Decades in the future, this same recording would find favour among legions of people far too young to touch country music with a barge-pole after it appeared in 2010’s absorbingly excellent Fallout: New Vegas.
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