About the song
If you are a fan of Elvis Presley, you probably know his hit song “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin”. But do you know the history behind this song? In this blog post, we will explore the origins and evolution of this classic tune.
The song was not originally written by Elvis Presley. It was penned by **Fred Fisher, William Raskin, and Billy Hill** in the late 1930s. Original Performers “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” was initially performed by **The Ink Spots**—a popular vocal group in the 1930s and ’40s—even before Elvis Presley’s version. The Ink Spots recorded the song in 1941 and made it a hit with their distinctive style of harmonizing and talking.
Elvis Presley recorded the song on at least three occasions during the 1950s. The first time was on July 18, 1953, when he paid $3.98 (equivalent to $43.53 in 2022) for studio time at the **Sun Studio** in Memphis, Tennessee. He recorded a double-sided acetate demo single, though he was not yet signed to the Sun Records label. On the A-side, he recorded “My Happiness”, later made famous by Connie Francis in 1958. For the B-side, he recorded “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin”. This was one of his earliest recordings and showed his potential as a singer.
The second time was on December 4, 1956, during the famous **Million Dollar Quartet** sessions. This was an impromptu jam session that involved Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash at the Sun Studio. They played a variety of songs, including “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin”, which Elvis sang with passion and emotion.
The third time was on January 13, 1957, when he recorded and released the song as a B-side to “All Shook Up”. This version was recorded at the Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California. It featured a more polished and mature sound, with backing vocals by **The Jordanaires**, a vocal quartet that often accompanied Elvis. This version became a popular single and reached number 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
As you can see, “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” has a rich and fascinating history that spans decades and genres. It is a testament to Elvis Presley’s talent and versatility as an artist. If you want to listen to his different versions of the song, you can find them on YouTube or other streaming platforms. You can also check out the original version by The Ink Spots or other covers by artists like Fats Domino or Frank Sinatra. No matter which version you prefer, you will surely enjoy this timeless song that speaks to the heart.