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Who orginally sang "cry me a river"?

 
 
Reply Mon 24 May, 2004 06:26 am
was it Julie London or Dinah Washington?
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jespah
 
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Reply Mon 24 May, 2004 06:40 am
I think it's Rosemary Clooney.
panzade
 
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Reply Mon 24 May, 2004 06:44 am
This doesn't clear up who was first but I'm guessing Julie London since she was singing it for a movie made the year it was written.


Actress/singer Julie London's only charted hit, featuring Barney Kessel on guitar. She performed
this song "live" in the 1956 film "The Girl Can't Help It" which starred Jayne Mansfield and Tom Ewell.

Also sung by Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Mon 24 May, 2004 06:45 am
I don't know if she was first, but her rendition was great!

http://www.rienzihills.com/SING/crymeariver.htm
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panzade
 
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Reply Mon 24 May, 2004 06:46 am
LOL Phoenix! A dead tie on the posting.
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tagged lyricist
 
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Reply Mon 24 May, 2004 06:47 am
hmmm my folks where having petty argument about it so I'm jsut curious
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Raggedyaggie
 
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Reply Mon 24 May, 2004 06:49 am
I hope this helps.
In Lissauer's Encylopedia of Popular Music, it says that Cry Me a River was written by Arthur Hamilton in 1955 and popularized by the hit recording of Julie London. Julie London sang it in the 1957 movie, "The Girl Can't Help It".
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Raggedyaggie
 
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Reply Mon 24 May, 2004 06:52 am
Oops. I see I was a little slow on the draw here. Laughing
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roger
 
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Reply Mon 24 May, 2004 08:31 am
The Julie London version is the only version I heard. It was very good.
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panzade
 
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Reply Mon 24 May, 2004 08:59 am
Hey Rog. I managed to buy a pristine copy of that Julie album. Not only is she underrated but Barney Kessel leads an understated backing group.
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tagged lyricist
 
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Reply Mon 24 May, 2004 10:19 am
thanks so much guys for your help your awesome
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Maggie5554515
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jul, 2004 06:00 am
No matter who originally sang it, someone has to shoot down Justin Timberlake. He totally ruined it. I think his main problem is that he has great self-confidence and no voice at all.
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kitchenpete
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jul, 2004 06:18 am
Maggie

JT's song isn't the same one at all!

Julie London recorded some really beautiful music. Typically of that era, the songwriters and artists were not always linked in the same way they are today...hence the confusion.

KP
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Miller
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jul, 2004 06:20 am
Re: Who orginally sang "cry me a river"?
tagged_lyricist wrote:
was it Julie London or Dinah Washington?


Julie London. I think she married Jack Web (?)
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Miller
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jul, 2004 06:21 am
Maggie5554515 wrote:
No matter who originally sang it, someone has to shoot down Justin Timberlake. He totally ruined it. I think his main problem is that he has great self-confidence and no voice at all.


First of all it's woman's song and next, Timberlake doesn't have a good voice. Confused
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Miller
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jul, 2004 06:23 am
panzade wrote:
This doesn't clear up who was first but I'm guessing Julie London since she was singing it for a movie made the year it was written.


Actress/singer Julie London's only charted hit, featuring Barney Kessel on guitar. She performed
this song "live" in the 1956 film "The Girl Can't Help It" which starred Jayne Mansfield and Tom Ewell.

Also sung by Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald


To be sure, I never would have thought that Ella would sing such a song!
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jul, 2004 06:37 am
Link to Julie London/Cry Me a River


Here it is. The real deal! Scroll down, and you can click on a link and hear Julie sing.
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Miller
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jul, 2004 06:42 am
Is she still alive?
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Maggie5554515
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jul, 2004 08:00 am
Oh, come on, kitchenpete - both songs have the same title and are handling the painful topic of unreturned love, wounded soul... whatever. You're expecting me to know the difference?
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kitchenpete
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jul, 2004 09:13 am
Maggie

I didn't mean to be harsh - I apologise if it seemed like that! Welcome to a2k. Smile

The tunes and words are very different, with the exception of the title/chorus line. Check out the link provided, above, and you'll see what I mean.

KP
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