51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 42: Jason Donovan – Too Many Broken Hearts

A big thank you to Mr Steve McSteveface for taking over the controls of my music time machine last week and for taking you back to the year 2014, where you all had the chance to swing on a chandelier. Wasn’t that the greatest of fun? Thanks to everyone who left Steve a comment on his guest post. I’ve already booked him for something else I have up my sleeve for when this feature comes to an end.

This week, we’re heading back to the twentieth century, having spent the last two weeks in the twenty-first century.  Next stop, 1989!

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How many times have you had your heart broken? Well, this week’s featured artist had probably broken many a heart (including mine when he married Kylie Minogue). Back in 1989, he was riding high in the popularity charts, not just with me, but with many others. Let’s have a listen to this (according to me), his most famous song.

Written and produced by Stock, Aiken and Waterman (whom we’ve met before), ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’ became a number one hit the United Kingdon and Ireland. Not only that, but it also became a top ten hit in five other countries, and even scrapped into the Billboard Hot 100, in the U.S.A, where it peaked at number 39.

The video for the song was shot in Jason’s home country, Australia, and features a very handsome Jason exchanging fleeting glances with a beautiful young lady of many talents. We never quite find out if the couple does get to speak to each other, but then Jason never really gets the chance to show her what talent he has when he plays the guitar, sings, walks and looks at the camera at the same time. How clever is that? However, for me, it’s the scenery and location in the video that really steals the show.

And, here’s the day that Jason and Kylie broke the hearts of many people.

Do you have a favourite ‘broken heart’ song? Share a link to it in the comments.

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post from Steve. And, a big thank you to Marie who published a post about a favourite song to dance around the kitchen too.

Want to join me in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? There’s not much time left, but you can still leave a link in the comments section and showcase your next song.

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  1. Oh this is great. I’ll need to have a think what my song would be but as for this one I love it. I always remember that it came out just after “Especially For You” and I recall being so gutted when the girl who appears on the horseback wasn’t Kylie! Now let me go and cry in the corner and think about what my song would be 😢

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    1. I had to look at least twice at that girl on horseback because she looked so much like Kylie…from far away. Then, when we saw her driving that tractor, and it wasn’t her, the ground opened up for me. 😫

      Love the song, though. His best, as far as I’m concerned.

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      1. I’ve phoned a couple of times but got the qualifying questions wrong haha. Although I didn’t know they are usually the same every day and both times I called on a Friday so didn’t get a second chance after doing a google 😦

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  2. Seems sort of upbeat for a heartbreak song. Can’t think of any particular song about broken hearts, but then the array of country music songs like Achy-Breaky Heart come to mind, yikes! I submit Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart’s Alone. May not be a heartbreak song but it heads that direction! My favorite rockers of all time!

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    1. Yes, there can often be such a big difference in music both sides of the ponds, Marie. Number one hits over here may not chart in North America, and the same goes for Number one hits in your part of the world which fail to chart in Europe. As the saying goes ‘it’s funny old world.’

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