September 20

The Various Covers of “Don’t You Ever Get Tired (of Hurting Me)”

Songs lamenting over a lost love seemed to have a greater charm among many country music artists. Notice the tunes recorded on this theme, there’s no denying their number. Also, a single song with such a melancholic vibe can become a great record considering the number of times it has been recorded by various artists. One good example of a song is Hank Cochran’s “Don’t You Ever Get Tired (of Hurting Me).”

Here's a great side profile shot of Ronnie Milsap and his intimate partner, the piano. His flawless touch on the set of keys will surely inspire your creativity.

Posted by Ronnie Milsap on Saturday, December 28, 2013

Perhaps, many considered Ronnie Milsap’s cover of the song as the most famous. That’s a given. It’s the highest-charting cover of the song reaching No. 1 on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart but let’s not forget other artists’ recordings which are as well remarkable.

The Original Version

Prior to Ronnie Milsap, it was Ray Price who first recorded “Don’t You Ever Get Tired (of Hurting Me).” This original version was recorded in 1965. The song gave Price a Top 20 hit peaking at No. 11 on the country chart. Although the song missed entering the Top 10, it sure reached the hearts of many Price’s fans. Watch Price’s live performance of the song below.

The Chart-topper Version

As mentioned earlier, Ronnie Milsap’s version of the song is the most successful as far as chart performance is concerned. But, did you know that Milsap never even thought of covering the song? This only materialized when the singer worked with Don Schlitz and Hank Cochran. During their collaboration stint, Milsap learned some basic songwriting techniques. And so, in one of their songwriting sessions, Milsap asked Cochran his favorite composition.

The latter mentioned two songs. One of which was a George Jones’ Top 5 hit in 1963. The other was “Don’t You Ever Get Tired (of Hurting Me).” After giving it a considerable thought, Milsap quickly decided on recording the song. His version served as the first single of his 1989 LP Stranger Things Have Happened. The song gave the singer his 33rd No. 1 single as a solo performer. Below is Milsap performing his chart-topper version of the song at the Grand Ole Opry.

Other Notable Covers

Aside from Price and Milsap, here are other country artists who recorded the old-time favorite ballad.

Ray Price and Willie Nelson Duet

Johnny Bush

George Jones

Mo Pitney

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