Lost Treasures: Guy Mitchell – “Heartaches By The Number”

This week’s Lost Treasures goes back to 1959 for Guy Mitchell’s biggest hit which crossed over  from pop to the country charts.  Columbia released “Heartaches By The Number”  in late summer 1959.  After serving in WWII, Albert Cernik performed as vocalist in a number of bands & won as a soloist on Arthur Godfrey’s “Talent Scouts” radio show.  In 1950, Columbia’s Mitch Miller discovered the young singer, persuaded him to change his name & began charting hits immediately starting with 1950 recording “My Heart Cries For You”.  His biggest hit remains “Singing The Blues” which successfully hit #1 on the pop, country & R&B charts. He was a popular artist throughout the 1950’s & early 60’s but by the middle of that decade, tastes were changing quickly & his music sounded dated to many, including the record labels.  Guy Mitchell died in 1999 at age 72 in Las Vegas from complications of cancer surgery.  “Heartaches By The Number” has that trademark, classic production style of Mitch Miller imprinted on it & recognizable to many. Have a great weekend & thanks for pointing your browser to Puget Sound Media for a great mix of news, history, commentary & fun!


Author: Mike Cherry

retired broadcaster: on-air, MD, PD, asst PD, Prod Mgr, IT, station technician/engineer, pioneer Internet webcaster, station installation/maintenance; 12 years in commercial radio, 17 years volunteer in campus/community radio in B.C., Alberta & Wash. Amateur radio operator & "DXer" specializing in AM night-time DX, short-wave DX/listening & remote SDR DXing/listening

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