Hear Billy Ray Cyrus, Caballo Dorado Team for ‘Achy Breaky Heart’
Billy Ray Cyrus is continuing to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Achy Breaky Heart,” his No. 1 hit from 1992, with the release of a multi-lingual version of the song. For the remake, which readers can hear above, Cyrus collaborated with the Mexican musical group Caballo Dorado.
A quintet from Cuidad Juarez, Chihauahua, Mexico, Caballo Dorado recorded “Achy Breaky Heart” in the mid-1990s, as “No Rompas Mas Mi Corazon,” and kicked off the achy-breaky craze south of the border. The group was, at the time, largely unknown, but just as “Achy Breaky Heart” did for Cyrus, “No Rompas Mas Mi Corazon” catapulted Caballo Dorado to stardom.
“These cats had their career explode with this simple Don Von Tress song much like me,” Cyrus says in a press release. “This really is a universal song, and it was a blast to have these guys record with us.”
Cyrus and Caballo Dorado’s collaborative version of “Achy Breaky Heart” also features Ronnie Milsap on piano.
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In addition to being a No. 1 hit in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Canada, “No Rompas Mas Mi Corazon” made “Achy Breaky Heart” a major Mexican hit as well: “If you go to any wedding, any fiesta in Mexico, you’ll hear that song,” songwriter Von Tress says in an interview with Rolling Stone, “and they do a dance called the ‘four corners dance’ — not really a line dance, but everyone dancing in unison.”
In addition to the multi-lingual version of “Achy Breaky Heart,” Cyrus also recently released a blues-based version the song, closer to the style originally demoed by Von Tress in the early ’90s. That version was recorded with the Swampers, the famous rhythm section from Muscle Shoals, Ala.
“Achy Breaky Heart” first appeared on Cyrus’ Some Gave All album, which came out on May 19, 1992.
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