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Julie London

Cry Me A River

  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Space
  • Blues
  • Other
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  • 1955
  • 1953
  • 2012
  • 1956
  • 1965

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This article is about the original “Cry Me a River”. For the song with the same title by Justin Timberlake see “Cry Me a River” (Justin Timberlake song). For the Joyce Carol Oates stage play, see Black (play). “Cry Me a River” is a popular song. It was written by Arthur Hamilton and was published in 1953. It is about a loss of a relationship. A torchy, jazzy blues tune, “Cry Me a River” was originally written for Ella Fitzgerald to sing in the film Pete Kelly’s Blues (1955). But the producer insisted Hamilton remove the word “plebeian” since “audiences wouldn’t accept a black woman in the 1950s using that word.“ . Hamilton tried but eventually refused to make the change, and the song was dropped. Fitzgerald first released a recording of the song on Clap... Read on...

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