So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)

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"So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)"
Single by The Everly Brothers
from the album It's Everly Time
A-side "Lucille"
Released 1960
Format Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM
Genre Pop
Length 2:30
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Don Everly[1]
Producer(s) Mark Linett
The Everly Brothers singles chronology
"When Will I Be Loved"
(1960)
"So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)"
(1960)
"Like Strangers"
(1960)

"When Will I Be Loved"
(1960)
"So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)"
(1960)
"Like Strangers"
(1960)

"So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)" is a song written by Don Everly, which was released by The Everly Brothers in 1960. The song was later a country hit for multiple artists in the 1970s and 80s.

The Everly Brothers version[edit]

In 1960, The Everly Brothers released the song as a single and on the album It's Everly Time.[2] The song was a top 10 hit in multiple countries, and spent 12 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 7,[3] while reaching No. 4 on the United Kingdom's Record Retailer and New Musical Express charts,[4][5] and No. 7 on New Zealand's "Lever Hit Parade".[6] The song was a major hit in other countries as well.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1960) Peak
position
Australia[7] 19
Canada (CHUM Hit Parade)[8] 18
New Zealand (Lever Hit Parade)[6] 7
Flanders[9] 15
UK Record Retailer[4] 4
UK New Musical Express[5] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 7
US Billboard Hot R&B Sides[10][11] 16
US Cash Box Top 100[12] 9
US Cash Box Records Disc Jockeys Played Most[13] 7
US Cash Box Top Ten Juke Box Tunes[14] 9
US Cash Box Country Top 50[15] 31
Wallonia[16] 23

Cover versions[edit]

In 1968, The Hombres included a cover on their only album Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out).[17]

In 1969, Dillard and Clark included a cover on their LP "Through the Morning, Through the Night". This group consisted of Gene Clark of The Byrds and Doug Dillard of The Dillards, as well as future member of The Eagles, Bernie Leadon.

Brian Hyland released a version of the song on his 1969 album Tragedy-A Million to One.[18]

In 1970, a cover of was released by Hank Williams, Jr. and Lois Johnson as a single and on the album Removing the Shadow. Their version reached No. 12 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart,[19] No. 8 on the Cash Box Country Top 65,[20] No. 8 on the Record World Top Country Singles chart,[21] and No. 10 on Canada's "Top 50 RPM Country" chart.[22]

Connie Smith released a cover of the song in 1976, as a single and on her album I Don't Wanna Talk It Over Anymore.[23] Smith's version reached No. 31 on the Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart[24] and No. 19 on the Cash Box Top 100 Country chart.[25]

In 1977, Don Everly released a solo version of the song on the album Brother Juke-Box.[26]

A cover was released by Steve Wariner in 1978, which reached No. 76 on the Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart,[27] No. 73 on the Cash Box Top 100 Country chart,[28] and No. 81 on the Record World Country Singles Chart.[29]

Emmylou Harris released a cover of the song on her 1982 album Last Date,[30] and as a single. In 1983, Harris's version reached No. 28 on the Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart,[31] No. 31 on Cash Box's Top 100 Country Singles,[32] and No. 14 on Canada's RPM "Country 50 Singles" chart.[33]

Jeff Lynne also recorded it on his album Long Wave in 2012.[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) - By: The Everly Brothers, MusicVF.com. Accessed August 9, 2015
  2. ^ "It's Everly Time – The Everly Brothers". AllMusic. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b Hot 100 - The Everly Brothers So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Everly Brothers - Full Official Chart History, Official Charts Company. Accessed October 15, 2015
  5. ^ a b "British Newsnotes", Billboard, October 17, 1960. p. 6. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Lever Hit Parade" 03-Nov-1960, Flavour of New Zealand. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  7. ^ David Kent, Australian Top 20 Singles - Week Ending October 22, 1960
  8. ^ "CHUM Hit Parade – Week of October 3, 1960". CHUM. Archived from the original on November 7, 2006. Retrieved 2015-11-30.  Chart No. 179.
  9. ^ The Everly Brothers - So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad), Ultratop. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "The Billboard Hot R&B Sides", Billboard, October 24, 1960. p. 51. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  11. ^ Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - The Everly Brothers So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  12. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending October 8, 1960". Cash Box. Archived from the original on October 6, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  13. ^ "The Records Disc Jockeys Played Most", Cash Box, October 8, 1960. p. 24. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  14. ^ "The Nation's Top Ten Juke Box Tunes", Cash Box, October 15, 1960. p. 42. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  15. ^ "Country Top 50 Across the Nation", Cash Box, October 8, 1960. p. 24. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  16. ^ The Everly Brothers - So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad), Ultratop. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  17. ^ "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out) – Hombres". AllMusic. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Tragedy-A Million to One – Brian Hyland". AllMusic. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Hot Country Singles", Billboard, November 28, 1970. p. 46. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  20. ^ "Cash Box Country Top 65", Cash Box, November 28, 1970. p. 52. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  21. ^ "Top Country Singles", Record World, November 28, 1970. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  22. ^ "Top 50 RPM Country", RPM, Volume 14, No. 18, December 19, 1970. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  23. ^ "Billboard's Top Album Picks", Billboard, October 16, 1976. p. 66. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  24. ^ Hot Country Songs - Connie Smith So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  25. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Country", Cash Box, July 31, 1976. p. 35. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  26. ^ "Brother Juke-Box – Don Everly". AllMusic. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  27. ^ Hot Country Songs - Steve Wariner So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  28. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Country", Cash Box, September 2, 1978. p. 34. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  29. ^ "Record World Country Singles Chart", Record World, September 2, 1978. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  30. ^ "Last Date – Emmylou Harris". AllMusic. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  31. ^ Hot Country Songs - Emmylou Harris So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  32. ^ "Top 100 Country Singles", Cash Box, August 20, 1983. p. 24. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  33. ^ "Country 50 Singles", RPM, Volume 38, No. 26, August 27, 1983. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  34. ^ "Long Wave – Jeff Lynne". AllMusic. Retrieved April 2, 2018.