Little Anthony & the Imperials – “Hurts So Bad” (1964)

May 4, 2020 at 6:59 pm (Music, Reviews & Articles)

This classic tale of heartache and longing, which came out at the end of 1964, is one of the most emotionally intense songs of all time. Little Anthony’s vocal is one of barely controlled fury and anguish, and the Imperials’ backing vocals only add to the drama. An impassioned plea for his lover to return, it is two minutes and 19 seconds of absolute heartbreaking devastation. It fades out with Anthony still begging for her return, but his love for her goes tragically unrequited.

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