His list of tear jerkers was magnificent. How could I
leave off Empty Garden, Elton John's poignant tribute to John Lennon? Paul
gets it - big time.
They were all good responses ... but the one that really got to me was
Jerry's ... EXTREMELY well written ... it made me feel like I had gotten a "Dear
I told Scott Shannon that, based on the response we've received so
far, this would make for an EXCELLENT feature on The True Oldies Channel ...
read a letter each day and then play one of the guaranteed weepers right behind
This goes WAY beyond the teen tragedy songs of the late '50's and early
'60's ... we're talking about songs that go deep into your soul and then rip
your heart out on the way back. Some GREAT suggestions so far ... keep 'em
Okay, I have to add a couple of songs to the "tear
jerker" list .., maybe three ...
"End of the World" by Skeeter Davis, co-written by
Sylvia Dee with Arthur Kent shortly after her father died .., that knowledge
alone makes it much more poignant.
"Operator" by Jim Croce ..,
and one that was not released as a single but still is
a heart-rending song about regret of lost love; "Talking Out of Turn" by the
Good ones ... "The End Of The
World" has gotten to me more than a few times ... and I rank "Operator" up there
with "Diary" as one of those that tugs at the heart strings. (I also like
Croce's "New York's Not My Home" from his first album ... an over-looked gem.)
I guess I'll have to add to your readers' list of
favorite tear-jerker songs.
"HOME", a minor hit by Gary Puckett and the Union Gap,
was written by Mac Davis and told the story of a homesick soldier in Vietnam. I
prefer Davis' version from his very first album, "Song Painter". "SHE'S OUT OF MY LIFE". The beautiful string intro into Michael
Jackson's hit gets me sobbing right away.
"FOOLISH HEART", a great ballad, that
immediately turned me into a Steve Perry fan.
"WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU" by Foreigner, is my
all-time favorite power ballad. How can you lose with that great synthesizer
intro and Lou Gramm's vocal?
"WHERE OR WHEN" by Dion and the Belmonts. A vocal
masterpiece that's so good, it mixes chills with tears.
"IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR" by Frank Sinatra. Absolutely
the greatest arrangement of a pop vocal song, that takes you through a man's
"DON'T WORRY BABY", The Beach Boys' great slow-dancer.
"HONEY" by Bobby Goldsboro. Bob Shane of the Kingston
Trio recorded it first, as a solo artist. Goldsboro admitted that if Shane had
"the name", he would have had the hit.
"GOD BLESS THE CHILD" by Blood, Sweat, & Tears,
with a wonderful horn arrangement and David Clayton-Thomas' touching vocal.
"PART-TIME LOVE" by David Gates, from his best solo
album, "Never Let Her Go", was a minor hit, but Gladys Knight took the song up
OK, now that you mention it, I absolutely LOVE the Michael Buble song
"Home" (different song than the one you're referring to above ... but it chokes
me up every time ... so let's add that one to my list, too!) kk
There are so many classic songs predating the rock era
that are true broken-heart songs. I was glad to see the McGuire Sisters'
touching "May You Always" listed by someone else. Love that thing. Without doing
hours of traveling down memory lane, I picked a couple that truly fit. "Maybe
You'll Be There" with an opening of "Each time I see a crowd of people, just
like a fool I stop and stare" is one. The other is from Irving Berlin - "What'll
I Do?" with the sad closing "When I'm alone with only dreams of you that won't
come true, what'll I do."
Both, of course, have been done by tons of people. I'm
sending Diana Krall and Johnny Mathis.
the Presses!!! I just thought of two more tear jerkers for you for the simple
reason I played them tonight. I'm sure this list of tear jerkers could go on
The ones I thought of were DEATH OF AN ANGEL by Donald
Woods and the Velaires out of 1956 and IT'S TOO LATE by Tarheel Slim and Little
Ann out of 1959. You know, on second thought, don't stop the presses for these
two. Have a great week coming up.
You want a good (Sad) heartbreak song ... how about
Nancy Wilson’s “Guess Who I Saw Today”?
Wait ... I just thought of another one!
I know I've featured
this one a couple of times before in Forgotten Hits ...
But if you have EVER struggled trying to pursue your dream as a
musician there isn't ANY song that'll rip your heart out more than this
It's by a group called Silver, who had the 1976 Top 20 Hit
"Wham-Bam, Shang-A-Lang" and it's called, simply, "Musician". (kk)
And one more ...
Somebody mentioned earlier that the REAL heartbreak songsbelong to the Country Music genre ... One cited "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" by Hank Williams ... a song that Elvis Presley once called "the saddest song ever written" ... and it truly is. Here's a bit more recent country song that'll really get to you if you've ever stopped to assess your own relationship and done a little soul-searching ... something we ALL probably need to do every now and then ... it really helps you to appreciate all that you've got ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfw-9phkN6Q
Here are some sad songs not yet mentioned. 1. My
list starts with a Hank Williams classic from 1949 and recorded by many artists
since, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." Hank also had another recording name
called "Luke, the Drifter" which he also used for sad songs and
recitations. 2. "Wanted" by Perry Como. A favorite of my father which became
a favorite of mine -- and we didn't often agree on music choices in 1954. 3.
"Hurt" by Roy Hamilton, sung with great emotion, from 1954. Later top ten for
Timi Yuro. Then released by Little Anthony, Bobby Vinton, and much later by
Elvis, also with much emotion. Also a hit by the Manhattans and the sadness was
spread by many more artists who recorded this song through the years. 4. "The
Great Pretender" by one of the premier groups of the 50s and 60s, the Platters
in 1956. 5. "Blue Monday" by Fats Domino from 1956. Originally done by
another New Orleans artist, Smiley Lewis, in 1954. 6. Also from 1956, down at
the end of lonely street, "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis. And then he took over the
music world! 7. "Tears On My Pillow" by Little Anthony and the Imperials,
teenage lament! 8. "Since I Don't Have You" by the Skyliners. What a song,
what an ending! 9. "All I Could Do Was Cry" by Etta James from 1960. Lotta'
history with this one. Etta had been going out with Moonglows lead singer Harvey
Fuqua but got dumped for Berry Gordy's sister Gwen, who Harvey married. Who
co-wrote the song? Berry Gordy, of course, never missing an opportunity to make
a buck! 10. "Yesterday" by the Beatles -- depressing from start to
finish! Possibly the most depressing and saddest song ever is "Strange Fruit"
by Billie Holiday. Written in 1937, Billie recorded it in 1939. If you've never
heard it, go to YouTube. Haunting and unbelievable -- listen with an open
mind. Sorry to end on such a depressing note but these are, after all, sad
songs. Danny Guilfoyle
I remember hearing the story of "The Hungarian Suicide Song" when I was
growing up ... a song SO depressing that people were actually jumping off
bridges to their deaths ... and this was in the 1930's, people ... WAY before
Billie Joe McAllister came up with the idea!
The actual title of the song is "Gloomy
Sunday" ... and Billie Holiday recorded this one, too
... but with a different set of lyrics than the one that started all the fuss
back in 1933 ... a loose English translation. (The original Hungarian lyrics are
said to be even more depressing!)
"On a sad Sunday with a hundred white
flowers, I was waiting for you, my dear, with a church prayer, That
dream-chasing Sunday morning, The chariot of my sadness returned without
Ever since then, Sundays are always
sad, tears are my drink, and sorrow is my bread... Sad Sunday.
Last Sunday, my dear, please come
along, There will even be priest, coffin, catafalque, hearse-cloth. Even
then flowers will be awaiting you, flowers and coffin. Under blossoming
(flowering in Hungarian) trees my journey shall be the last.
My eyes will be open, so that I can see you
one more time, Do not be afraid of my eyes as I am blessing you even in my
death... Last Sunday."
OK, and on THAT happy note, let's hope we see you all back
here tomorrow!!! (kk)