July 17, 1982 - "Only The Lonely" by The Motels peaked at No.9 on the Hot 100 from their third album, All Four One.
The song was written by their lead singer Martha Davis. She explained the song in an interview with Beyond Race magazine. Said Davis: 'Only the Lonely' was one of those songs that was sitting on my guitar waiting for me. It literally wrote itself. It's a song about empty success. It came about while the Motels were experiencing critical acclaim, traveling the world, riding in limos, and yet I was probably as sad as I had ever been. I was in a horrible relationship and had not yet recovered from my parents' death (I doubt one ever does). The contradiction of these two worlds was where "Only the Lonely" lived... bittersweet.
The release of All Four One coincided with the emergence of MTV on US television. As a result, Capitol created music videos for both "Only the Lonely" and its follow-up, "Take the L". In 1982, Davis won a Best Performance in a Music Video award category at the American Music Awards for her performance in the "Only the Lonely" video.
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