My Achy Breaky Heart was released 25 years ago and the song is still going strong, especially in Latin american countries where the song is a staple in weddings and quinceañeras. Jaime Cardenas / Tennessean / Wochit
Billy Ray Cyrus can’t speak Spanish – but he can sing it.
In honor of Cinco De Mayo on Friday and the 25th Anniversary of “Achy Breaky Heart,” the actor and country singer recorded a Spanish version of his breakthrough hit with Caballo Dorado – the Mexican quintet that popularized the hit in their home country and made it a staple wedding song in the mid-90s. Called “No Rompas Mas Mi Corazon,” Cyrus and the song’s writer Don Von Tress produced the new Spanish version that is available at digital music retailers now.
“Because I do just play by ear, I can sing (in Spanish),” Cyrus said. “It’s really weird. Behind the microphone I can listen to what they do and because it’s with the beat, I can sing it and it sounds pretty close to right.”
The idea for Caballo Dorado to rerecord the song was sparked when Von Tress showed Cyrus YouTube videos of Caballo Dorado’s version being used in Mexican weddings. Cyrus quipped their recording sounded, at times, like someone was banging garbage can lids together.
Cyrus released his own rerecording of “Achy Breaky Heart” last week that he calls the 327 Muscle Shoals mix, which he recorded in Muscle Shoals with Von Tress. The outcome is a slower, swampy version that includes Country Music Hall of Famer Ronnie Milsap on piano. Cyrus thought Caballo Dorado’s version might benefit from the same treatment. The result is a Spanish/English combo featuring Cyrus mostly singing in English with a catchy blend of the languages at the end.
“I just thought, ‘Man, what would those dudes give to jump on the home of the groove, the Muscle Shoals track?” Cyrus said. “Low and behold, they went off on it. They are in, and it’s pretty special. I’m kind of thinking that it might be a nice race between these two to see which one gets its legs.”