The prolific Harland Howard wrote "Heartaches by the Number" in 1959 and the success of the song brought him to Nashville the next year.
Guy Mitchell topped the charts with the pop hit the same year and this was his last top forty success.

But it was Ray Price issue that hit number two earlier in the year and remained charted for forty weeks! Ray's band "The Cherokee Cowboys" at one time or another consisted of noted country personalities like Roger Miller, Willie Nelson, Johnny Paycheck and Buddy Emmons.