Cry [Bear Family Single Disc]

Cry [Bear Family Single Disc]

by Johnnie RayJohnnie Ray


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Like most of those popular singers who peaked in the period just before rock & roll emerged as a dominant force in music, Johnnie Ray has been neglected -- his own record label, Columbia, has issued a few hits compilations in varying degrees of completeness, which seems to be mostly what the U.S. market will support. But Germany's Bear Family Records has stepped out in front with a string of releases of Ray's catalog that started with this single CD and culminated with a similarly named box set. This 30-song collection has surprisingly little overlap with Columbia's 16 Most Requested Songs, so those already owning the latter will not have to concern themselves too deeply with that issue. Not all of the hits are here, by any means, but many of Ray's most interesting single sides are present, along with two previously unissued tracks. The sound is amazing, given the limited fidelity of many Columbia releases dating from across the same period, and anyone with doubts about Ray's versatility will get a first-hand look at his R&B and jazz influences, albeit not necessarily in their most commercially successful forms, and also the raw power of his voice -- additionally, numbers such as "Yes, Tonight Josephine" show how Ray did, indeed, keep himself competitive in the rock & roll era; it might not have the beat, but Ray's singing had the kind of edge that characterized some of the better pop-style efforts in that direction of the period. Also included are duets that he cut with Frankie Laine and Doris Day. The collection is well-annotated by Peter Grendysa, who gives a superb account of Ray's overall career. The only complaint one might have over the material is the producers' failure to follow even a minimal chronological order -- the songs jump all over the map across nine years of recording, which makes it a great showcase for Ray's range and depth, if not the evolution of his career and sound.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/27/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127154507
catalogNumber: 15450
Rank: 165517


  1. Yes Tonight, Josephine
  2. Just Walking in the Rain
  3. I've Got So Many Million Years
  4. Johnnie's Comin' Home
  5. Look Homeward Angel
  6. Up Above My Head
  7. Good Evening Friends
  8. Up Until Now
  9. How Long Blues
  10. You Don't Owe Me a Thing
  11. No Wedding Today
  12. Build Your Love (On a Strong Foundation)
  13. Street of Memories
  14. Miss Me Just a Little
  15. Texas Tambourine
  16. Pink Sweater Angel
  17. Soliloquy of a Fool
  18. Endlessly
  19. Plant a Little Seed
  20. Up Until Now
  21. I'll Make You Mine
  22. Papa Loves Mambo
  23. Ooo! Aah! Oh! (This Is Love)
  24. Flip, Flop and Fly
  25. Alexander's Ragtime Band
  26. The Little White Cloud That Cried
  27. Cry
  28. Ma Says, Pa Says
  29. A Full Time Job
  30. Such a Night
  31. Hernando's Hideaway

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnnie Ray   Primary Artist,Leader,Vocals
Ray Conniff   Leader
Percy Faith   Leader
Four Lads   Choir, Chorus
Frankie Laine   Vocals
George Barnes   Guitar
Phil Bodner   Saxophone
Urbie Green   Trombone
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Lucky Thompson   Saxophone
Klink   Saxophone
Bernie Leighton   Piano
Babe Russin   Saxophone
Harry Breuer   Xylophone
Caiola   Guitar
George Van Eps   Guitar
Stan Freeman   Piano
Jack Marshall   Guitar
Alvino Rey   Guitar
Nabil Totah   Bass
Buddy Weed   Piano
George Siravo   Leader
Billy Mure   Guitar
Eddie Safranski   Bass
Charles Albertine   Saxophone
Ray Alonge   French Horn
Don Arnone   Guitar
Everett Barksdale   Guitar,Leader
Frank Carroll   Bass
Casamenti   Guitar
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Richard Dickler   Viola
Arnold Eidus   Violin
Larry Elgart   Saxophone
Elgart   Leader
Nick Fatool   Drums
Harold Feldman   Saxophone
Panama Francis   Drums
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
E. Anthony Green   Violin
Greene   Violin
Sol Gubin   Drums
Leo Kahn   Violin
Harry Katzman   Violin
Bert Keyes   Organ
Phil Kraus   Drums
Leo Kruczek   Violin
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Joseph Malignaggi   Violin
Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall   Drums
R.D. McMickle   Trumpet
Harry Melnikoff   Violin
Tony Mottola   Guitar
John Murtaugh   Saxophone
George Ockner   Violin
Danny Perri   Guitar
John Pizzarelli   Guitar
Joe Reisman   Leader
John Ryan   Bass
Lucien Schmit   Cello
George Seaberg   Trumpet
Ray Sims   Trombone
Terry Snyder   Drums
Todd Sommer   Drums
Fred Stulce   Saxophone
Harold Wegbreit   Trumpet
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Leader
Hy White   Guitar
Milt Yaner   Saxophone
Jack Zayde   Violin
Alton Hendrickson   Guitar
Doles Dickens   Bass
Herman Shertzer   Saxophone
Harry Zarief   Violin
Theodore Nash   Saxophone
Pete Pumiglio   Saxophone
Allen Hanlon   Guitar
Russell Banzer   Saxophone
Henry Beau   Saxophone
Leonard Hartman   Saxophone
Milton Lomask   Violin
Charles Magnante   Accordion
Robert McGarity   Trombone
Wolfe Taninbaum   Saxophone
William Versaci   Saxophone
Wesley Webb West   Steel Guitar
Rubin Zarchy   Trumpet
Andrew Ackers   Piano
Arnold Fishkind   Bass
Wallace Richardson   Guitar
Lou Oles   Trumpet
Charlie Margulis   Trumpet
David Asch   Violin
Walter Betman   Saxophone
Ludwig Bonkowski   Guitar
P. Ciricillo   Trumpet
Robert Dockstader   Trombone
Frank Garisto   Drums
Godlis   Trombone
Vanig Hovaepian   Guitar
Hermann Grove Kapp   Drums
Attilio J. Macero   Leader
Sebastian Mure   Guitar
M. Weiser   Violin
Ronald Woellmer   Trumpet
Walter Rodriguez   Drums
Edward Thomas   Guitar
Richard Henry   Saxophone
James Maxwell   Trumpet
Louis Singer   Drums
A. Baker   Saxophone
Mel Solomon   Trumpet
Jim Dahl   Trombone
William Schaefer   Trombone
Scooper   Saxophone
Allan W. Thompson   Trombone
Robertson   Trombone
H Hoffman   Violin
Robert Bain   Guitar
Larry Altpeter   Trombone
Manny Solomon   Saxophone
James A. Grasso   Violin
Louis A. Gariston   Drums
Paul T. Smith   Piano
Vincent Terri   Guitar

Technical Credits

Leroy Carr   Composer
Marty Robbins   Composer
Ray Conniff   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Doris Day   Contributor
Johnnie Ray   Composer
Robert Allen   Composer
Mitch Miller   Producer
Lincoln Chase   Composer
Stuart Hamblen   Composer
Johnny Smith   Contributor
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Richard Adler   Composer
Johnny Bragg   Composer
Maurice Brown   Contributor
Mac Ceppos   Contributor
Michael Delugg   Composer
Wally Gold   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Sam Marowitz   Contributor
Charlie O'Kane   Contributor
Clyde Otis   Composer
Raoul Poliakin   Contributor
Abraham Richman   Contributor
Art Ryerson   Contributor
Julius Schachter   Contributor
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Winfield Scott   Composer
Wayne Shanklin   Composer
Sylvan Shulman   Contributor
Stillman   Composer
Sister Rosetta Tharpe   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Peter Grendysa   Liner Notes
Felix Orlewitz   Contributor
Stanley Webb   Contributor
John d'Agostino   Contributor
Howard Kay   Contributor
Zelly Smirnoff   Contributor
Ollie Jones   Composer
Paul Winter Consort   Contributor
Myor Rosen   Contributor
Richard Weize   Reissue
Chuck Calhoun   Composer
Fred Ebb   Composer
Josef Marais   Composer
Henry Rowland   Contributor
Hoffman   Composer
Robert Haggart   Contributor
Sid Wayne   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Dick Manning   Composer
Robert Riley   Composer
Sherman   Composer
Lou Willie Turner   Composer
Claude de Metruis   Composer
Ann Engberg   Composer
Fred Weismantel   Composer
Isidor Zir   Contributor
Bickley S. Reichmer   Composer
Churchill Kohlman   Composer
Paul Klein   Composer

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