Cry [ASV/Living Era]

Cry [ASV/Living Era]

by Johnnie RayJohnnie Ray

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Overview

Poised between two teenage sensations -- Frank Sinatra a decade earlier and Elvis Presley five years later -- Johnnie Ray also ignited female hearts, but not with masculine tones or frankly sexual moves. No, the Johnnie Ray sensation owed to a uniquely tortured style of balladry and some of the most hysterical live performances ever seen on American stages (many of which were largely black R&B stages before he graduated to the Copacabana). This Living Era compilation of Ray material presents a narrow picture of the singer's career that skimps on the hits but does include much of his best material. It begins with his 1951 recording debut and takes listeners on a short yet intensive journey through the end of 1952, when Ray had already gained fame with his pair of torch smashes, "Cry" and "The Little White Cloud That Cried." Also included are lesser hits like "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" (an upbeat performance rare for him), "Please, Mr. Sun," "Here Am I, Broken Hearted," and "All of Me." Several of the best songs were only previously found on Bear Family's exhaustive 1999 box set (also titled Cry), such as "Mr. Midnight" and the British hit "Faith Can Move Mountains." The only crucial missing songs are his mid-'50s chart entries "Just Walking in the Rain" and "You Don't Owe Me a Thing," but for those who prefer seminal material to pop hits, this is the best one to pick up.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2004
Label: Asv Living Era
UPC: 0743625548822
catalogNumber: 5488

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnnie Ray   Primary Artist
Doris Day   Accompaniment
Four Lads   Accompaniment
Wolverines   Accompaniment
Maurice King   Leader,Saxophone
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Jimmy Carroll & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Buddy Cole & His Orchestra   Accompaniment

Technical Credits

Johnnie Ray   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Alec Wilder   Composer
Martha Carson   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Ross Bagdasarian   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Stuart Foster   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Herb Hendler   Composer
Ben Raleigh   Composer
Sam H. Stept   Composer
Jerry Teiffer   Composer
Ben Weisman   Composer
Fred Wise   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Harry Richman   Composer
Peter Dempsey   Liner Notes
William Engvick   Composer
Josef Marais   Composer
Mark Ranshaw   Cover Photo
Seymour Simons   Composer
Gerald Marks   Composer
Sidney Clare   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
Abner Silver   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Leo Wood   Composer
Dan Dougherty   Composer
Sid Frank   Composer
Kay Twomey   Composer
Pete Wendling   Composer
Ned Wever   Composer
Harold Green   Composer
Churchill Kohlman   Composer
Doug Arthur   Composer
Ray Getzov   Composer

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