“Blame it On Your Heart”
Written by Harlan Howard and Kostas
#1 (2 weeks)
June 19 – June 26, 1993
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
June 11, 1993
Patty Loveless finds great success with a new label.
The Road to No. 1
Following her No. 1 single, “Chains,” MCA released the fourth Patty Loveless album. On Down the Line produced two top ten hits, and its follow up, Up Against My Heart produced only one.
Soon, Loveless was dealing with potentially career-ending vocal surgery. While she recovered, MCA broke Trisha Yearwood and Wynonna’s solo career, making Loveless number four in line behind these ladies and superstar Reba McEntire for their attention.
Loveless asked for release from her contract and signed with Epic Records, who promised to make her their flagship female artist. It was a promise kept right away, as the lead single became her first No. 1 single in four years.
The No. 1
“Blame it On Your Heart” is witty and entertaining, and Loveless sounds immediately stronger as a vocalist than she ever did on her MCA albums.
How much of that was the surgery and how much of it was the confidence from having a new label betting big on her? Who knows? But the end result was her sounding better than ever, with a playful performance of a solid kiss-off song to a philandering partner.
It’s not even close to being one of her best Epic singles. Only What I Feel was a big step forward, but she wouldn’t fully come into her own until its successor, When Fallen Angels Fly. But it was a welcome second chance for a talent that hadn’t been fully realized before she’d started to fade at radio.
An Epic comeback, indeed.
The Road From No. 1
Patty Loveless followed this hit with “Nothin’ But the Wheel,” which fell short of the top ten. She then kicked off a long string of top ten singles, starting with a cover of an Anne Murray single, “You Will,” and then her signature hit, “How Can I Help You Say Goodbye.” Only What I Feel became her first album to go platinum, and she kept the momentum going with her next set, When Fallen Angels Fly. That set’s first single, “I Try to Think About Elvis,” went top five. The next two singles topped the charts, and we’ll cover them in 1995.
“Blame it On Your Heart” gets a B+.
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