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That's When Your Heartaches Begin

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Basic Stats

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Written by: William J. Raskin, Billy Hill, Fred Fisher

  • Personal demo: 1953 (possibly July 18), Sun Studio, Memphis.
  • "Million-dollar Quartet" version: December 4, 1956.
  • Commercial recording: January 13, 1957, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
    Released master is spliced from takes 7 and 14.

Single:w/ "All Shook Up", 47-6870 (20-6870 for 78rpm), March 1957
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0618, March 1959

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#58 on Billboard Hot 100

1st LP release: Elvis Golden Records Vol 1 - April 1958
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My Spin

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On his very first visit to Sun Studios, Elvis may have said that he wanted to make a record for his mama, or legend may have just invented that along the way, but the truth was that he just wanted to hear what he sounded like on record, and maybe get Sam Phillips' attention. His first recording that day was "My Happiness". The other was "That's When Your Heartaches Begin", the only one of his early "demo" tunes that he would later remake in the RCA studios. The demo is raw, as you'd expect, an 18-year-old Elvis accompanying himself on guitar and singing a number by one of his favorite vocal groups, The Ink Spots, imitating them right down to the spoken bridge in the middle. As with the other demos he made for Sun, listeners today are probably torn between cringing and just being fascinated at this glimpse into rock history, the amateur teenager trying to come out of his shell.
By December of '56, he was more confident. In fact, he sounds almost downright cocky in the "Million-Dollar Quartet" session, when he dropped by Sun Studio and hung out with Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. He introduces this tune by saying it was one of the songs he demoed here, and after running through it, including the spoken bit, he repeats the ending a few times, slurring it out like he's halfway between making fun of it all and showing off.

When he recorded it for release, however, just a few weeks later, all the corniness is gone, and he gets down to business. Elvis is fully involved in the vocals, he treats those soaring high notes with care, and even the spoken section rings true this time. The result is a fine '50s ballad, and a nice flip-side for "All Shook Up"!

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"That's When Your Heartaches Begin", a slow song, with a wide-ranging melody. Presley sings with magisterial power phrasing and breath-control and the difficult business of talking a middle section in a slow song is carried off perfectly.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979

The 1950 Ink Spots hit that Elvis recorded at the Memphis Recording Service in the summer of 1953 as the second song for his mother's birthday present. (Marion Keisker put part of it on tape and later played it for Sam Phillips.) Elvis recorded the song in January of 1957 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"That's When Your Heartaches Begin" Lyrics and Downloads

If you find your sweetheart
In the arms of a friend
That's when your heartaches begin
When dreams of a lifetime
Must come to an end
That's when your heartaches begin

Love is a thing
You never can share
If you bring a friend
Into your love affair
That's the end of your sweetheart
That's the end of your friend
That's when your heartaches begin
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