March 27

Yes!, “You’re The Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had”

“You’re The Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had” by Ed Bruce
Oh there were others and some were friends
And some were merrily lovers
But they all helped me discover
It’s so hard to find someone who’ll be true
And I said no way, would I fall again oh no, no way
There’s just too many heartaches
And I don’t like the way it feels to feel my heart break
Then there was you
You’re the best break this old heart ever had
You’re all the good luck that I’ll never need to have
Never thought I’d ever love again like that
You’re the best break this old heart ever had

One of the most memorable ways to tell someone you are in love with them is through a song. “You’re The Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had” is one of the well-written romantic ballads. And if you are not in a relationship yet, this song will put you in the mood to find someone to fall in love with.

The Background of the Artist

In the early days, Bruce’s wife and manager Patsy was building Ed’s reputation with New York advertising agencies. During those times, his voice appeared on jingles for Burger King, United Airlines, McDonald’s, the US Armed Services and Maxwell House Coffee. To top it off, he attracted attention from many record labels throughout the years. In the late 1950s, Ed recorded for Sam Phillips’ Sun Records in Memphis. By the early ‘60s, he made an association with the primarily black Sceptre label. However, it was the year 1976 before Bruce made some headway as a recording artist with his original cut of “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” on the United Artists label. The said track gave him his entry to the chart.

Ed reached his stride when he signed with MCA. Under MCA, he made several minor hits and turned in four Top Five singles from 1981 through ’84. His very first was with “You’re The Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had”. Bruce first heard the song when Wayland Holyfield played it at a “guitar pull”. “Guitar pull” is a ritual whereby Nashville writers pass a guitar around a circle and perform their most recent material. It was another year before Ed recorded it, and it proved a perfect vehicle for his gentle bass tonalities.

“You’re The Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had” reached the pinnacle of Billboard’s country singles chart on March 6, 1982. This track marked Ed Bruce’s only number one record as a performer. Furthermore, it was the only song penned by co-writer Randy Hatch to reach the top. Hatch was a paraplegic, injured in the Vietnam War, and the royalties generated by the success of this record helped him out a lot.

Are you a fan of Ed Bruce? Share your thoughts and experiences about the artist or the song below.  We are looking forward to hearing from you.


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