Elmore James — It Hurts Me Too

GnØ βØdι – Apr 9, 2015 – 3:17
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Wikipedia: It Hurts Me, Too

Elmore James versions

Several versions of “It Hurts Me Too” were recorded in the 1940s and 1950s, including those by Stick McGhee and Big Bill Broonzy. When Elmore James recorded it in 1957, he (or Chief’s owner, Mel London, who is credited on the release) supplied some of the lyrics that are most familiar today:

You say you hurting, you almost lost your mind
The man you love, he hurts you all the time
When things go wrong, go wrong with you
It hurts me too

James’ 1957 Chief version did not appear in the charts, but after he recorded the song again in late 1962 or early 1963 for the Fire/Fury/Enjoy group of labels, it became a hit. The song used the same lyrics as his earlier version, but featured more prominent slide guitar work. When it was released in 1965, two years after James’ death, “It Hurts Me Too” spent eight weeks in the R&B chart, where it reached No. 25. The song also appeared in the Billboard Pop chart at No. 106, which was James’ only single to do so. Subsequent versions of “It Hurts Me Too” often showed Elmore James’ influences, either in the lyrics or guitar parts.