Cry (Churchill Kohlman song)
"Cry" is the title of a 1951 popular song written by Churchill Kohlman. The song was first recorded by Ruth Casey on the Cadillac label. The biggest hit version was recorded in New York City by Johnnie Ray and The Four Lads on October 16, 1951.
|Single by Johnnie Ray|
|from the album Cry|
|B-side||"The Little White Cloud That Cried"|
|Format||45 rpm, 78 rpm|
|Recorded||October 16, 1951|
|Johnnie Ray singles chronology|
Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads version
The Johnnie Ray recording was released on Columbia Records subsidiary label Okeh Records as catalog number Okeh 6840. It was a No.1 hit on the Billboard magazine chart that year, and one side of one of the biggest two-sided hits, as the flip side, "The Little White Cloud That Cried," reached No.2 on the Billboard chart. This recording also hit number one on the R&B Best Sellers lists and the flip side, "The Little White Cloud that Cried," peaked at number six. When the single started to crack the charts the single was released on Columbia Records catalog number Co 39659.
Ronnie Dove Version
|Single by Ronnie Dove|
|from the album Cry (Ronnie Dove album)|
|Producer(s)||Phil Kahl, Ray Vernon|
|Ronnie Dove singles chronology|
Ronnie Dove had a Top 20 pop hit with his cover version, bringing it to number 16 in 1966 on Diamond Records. He would perform this song on The Ed Sullivan Show the following year. This was Ronnie's last Top 40 hit.
Lynn Anderson version
|Single by Lynn Anderson|
|from the album Cry|
|Released||January 1972 (U.S.)|
|Lynn Anderson singles chronology|
Lynn Anderson had major success in the country music market with her 1972 version, released on Columbia Records, which hit No.1 on the Cashbox country charts, and No. 3 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart. It also charted in the Top 20 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary Charts.
Crystal Gayle version
|Single by Crystal Gayle|
|from the album Straight to the Heart|
|B-side||"Crazy in the Heart"|
|Released||July 1986 (U.S.)|
|Producer(s)||Jim Ed Norman|
|Crystal Gayle singles chronology|
In 1982, singer/comedian André van Duin recorded it as "Als je huilt" (a double A-side with his take on Edith Piaf's "Les Trois Cloches") which became a #1-hit in the Dutch Top 40 by mid-August. During TV-promotion he wore specially designed specs with an in-built water-sprayer for audience-exposure.
- Stan Freberg did a 1952 parody of Johnnie Ray's version of "Cry" entitled "Try", in which he did an emotional "sobbing out of tune" performance with different lyrics. The lyrics include the title of the B-side song "The Little White Cloud That Cried", in the line "even little white clouds do it". Johnnie Ray was not initially pleased with this parody. However, he later accepted Freberg's version.
- Brenda Lee recorded the song for her 1961 Emotions album.
- Gene McDaniels recorded the song for his album 100 Lbs. of Clay! in 1961.
- Timi Yuro recorded the song in 1961 for her album Hurt!
- Paul Anka recorded the song as a B-side of "I'm Coming Home" in 1962 on ABC-Paramount 45-10338.
- Lesley Gore recorded the song for her 1963 debut album I'll Cry If I Want To.
- Ray Charles also covered the song for his 1964 album Sweet & Sour Tears.
- Mina sang the song on her 1968 live album Mina alla Bussola dal vivo.
- Diana Trask took a version to #99 on the country singles charts in 1975.
- Kevin Coyne included a cover of the song on his 1978 album, Dynamite Daze.
- Connie Francis recorded the song during her 1989 Muscle Shoals AL session.
- David Cassidy did a cover of the song for his 2002 album Then and Now.
- Eros and the Eschaton recorded a version for Bar None Records in 2014.
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