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Don't Cry Out Loud

by

Melissa Manchester



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This was written by Peter Allen and Carole Bayer Sager, who were staff writers at Metromedia Records. Among their other hits was the Oscar winning "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)," an American chart topper for Christopher Cross in 1981. Allen was an Australian singer songwriter who was married to Liza Minnelli for a few years. He originally recorded this song on his 1971 debut album and after its chart success re-recorded it on his fourth studio album I Could Have Been a Sailor. In 1977 his song "I Go to Rio" shot to #1 in the Australian charts thanks to its promotional video, which demonstrated the growing influence of the music video as a marketing tool. In 1992 he died of an AIDS-related throat cancer.
In the UK former Vinegar Joe vocalist Elkie Brooks peaked at #12 with her version.
Manchester received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance for this song. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
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Comments (5):

Manchester was discovered by Barry Manilow and Bette Midler. Manilow was Midler's musical arranger for many years.
- Charles, Charlotte, NC
The song is also on the album I Could Have Been a Sailor recorded around the same time as Melissa Manchester's version of the Peter Allen song. The reason he wasn't big as a singer was that his songs were made famous by other singers then himself. Rita Coolidge recorded a song called "I'd Rather Leave While I'm in Love" which Allen also sang on I Could Have Been a Sailor after doing a single (?) version of "Don't Cry Out Loud".
- Sara, Silver Spring, MD
The Moments did this great song in 1976 on the album,Moments With You.
- Doug, Oakland, CA
Artist: Melissa Manchester (peak Billboard position # 10 in 1978-79)
Words by Carol Bayer Sager and Music by Peter Allen
- Onnie, High Point, NC
Peter Allen recorded this first in 1976. It was used in the Australian musical "The Boy From Oz"
which starred Hugh Jackman as Peter Allen.
- Sara, Silver Spring, MD
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