Thursday, June 30, 2022

Song of the Day: 'Heartbreaker' by Jenny Darren

Although Pat Benatar and her guitar-playing hubby wrote a few great songs, the songstress also had a good ear for material that she could improve upon. Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights" comes to mind -- poor Kate must cringe when she hears how it should be sung -- and now a reader pointed me to the original version of perhaps Pat's finest single. 

Jenny Darren's "Heartbreaker" was released in 1978 on the album "Queen of Fools," which came out the year before the "In the Heat of the Night" Benatar debut. 

Fans may recall that "I Need a Lover" was a John Cougar cover; "You Better Run" (off Pat's second album) was a Young Rascals remake; and "Shadows of the Night" (off her fourth) was a reworking of a song first recorded by Helen Schneider (and later, much better, by Rachel Sweet).

Have a listen and then cleanse your ears with Pat's version after! 

1 comment:

Blobby said...

Rachel Sweet's "Shadows of the Night" version is SO much better.