Cry (Churchill Kohlman song)

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"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;[1] the biggest hit version was recorded in New York City by Johnnie Ray and The Four Lads on October 16, 1951. Singer Ronnie Dove also had a big hit with the song in 1966.

"Cry"
Single by Johnnie Ray
from the album Cry
B-side"The Little White Cloud That Cried"
ReleasedOctober 1951
Format45 rpm, 78 rpm
RecordedOctober 16, 1951
GenrePop
Length3:02
LabelOkeh
Songwriter(s)Churchill Kohlman
Producer(s)Mitch Miller
Johnnie Ray singles chronology
"Whiskey And Gin"
(1951)
"Cry"
(1951)
"Please, Mr. Sun"
(1951)

Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads version[edit]

The Johnnie Ray recording was released on Columbia Records subsidiary label Okeh Records[2] 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;[3] when the single started to crack the charts the single was released on Columbia Records catalog number Co 39659.

Stan Freberg satirized this song, under the title "Try", and reported getting more angry feedback than from any of his many other parodies.[2]

Ronnie Dove Version[edit]

"Cry"
Cry Ronnie Dove 45.jpeg
Single by Ronnie Dove
from the album Cry
B-side"Autumn Rhapsody"
Released1966 (U.S.)
Format7"
Recorded1966
GenrePop music
Length3:16
LabelDiamond Records
Songwriter(s)Churchill Kohlman
Producer(s)Phil Kahl, Ray Vernon
Ronnie Dove singles chronology
"I Really Don't Want To Know"
(1966)
"Cry"
(1966)
"One More Mountain to Climb"
(1967)

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.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1966) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 18
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[5] 16

Lynn Anderson version[edit]

"Cry"
Single by Lynn Anderson
from the album Cry
B-side"Simple Words"
ReleasedJanuary 1972 (U.S.)
Format7"
Recorded1971
GenreCountry
Length3:10
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Churchill Kohlman
Lynn Anderson singles chronology
"How Can I Unlove You"
(1971)
"Cry"
(1972)
"Listen to a Country Song"
(1972)

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.[6] It also charted in the Top 20 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary Charts.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 71
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[9] 16
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 77
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 9

Crystal Gayle version[edit]

"Cry"
Single by Crystal Gayle
from the album Straight to the Heart
B-side"Crazy in the Heart"
ReleasedJuly 1986 (U.S.)
Format7"
Recorded1986
GenreCountry
Length4:18
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Churchill Kohlman
Producer(s)Jim Ed Norman
Crystal Gayle singles chronology
"Makin' Up for Lost Time (The Dallas Lovers Song)"
(1985)
"Cry"
(1986)
"Straight to the Heart"
(1986)

Crystal Gayle had her own hit version of the song in 1986, taking it to No. 1 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart.[10]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

Dutch-language versions[edit]

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.[12] During TV-promotion he wore specially designed specs with an in-built water-sprayer for audience-exposure.[13]

Other versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research.
  2. ^ a b Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 2 - Play A Simple Melody: American pop music in the early fifties. [Part 2]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 484.
  4. ^ "Johnny Ray Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Johnny Ray Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 27.
  7. ^ "Lynn Anderson Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Lynn Anderson Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Lynn Anderson Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  10. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 132.
  11. ^ "Crystal Gayle Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 33, 1982". Radio538.nl. Retrieved March 15, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "YouTube: André van Duin - Als je huilt". YouTube. Retrieved March 15, 2009.
  14. ^ "Eros and the Eschaton - Cry by BarNoneRecords". Soundcloud.com. Retrieved 2016-10-06.