Don't Cry Out Loud

Album: Platinum & Gold Collection (1979)
Charted: 10
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Songfacts®:

  • 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.
  • Bayer Sager isn't too keen on the lyrics she wrote about hiding feelings and putting on a brave face. She explains in her autobiography, They're Playing Our Song, "For years after, when I would hear it, I would question if that was how I really felt. I mean, didn't I believe in sharing my feelings? Letting people know how I really feel?"
  • Bayer Sager wrote a handful of tunes with Manchester, including the 1975 hit "Midnight Blue."
  • This was used on Schitt's Creek in the 2016 episode "The Motel Guest." After a fight with his wife, Roland moves into the room next to Johnny and Moira and keeps them up all night by blasting the song on repeat.
  • This was used in the movies Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) and Intolerable Cruelty (2003). Juno Temple and Jeremy Dozier also sang it in the 2010 movie Dirty Girl.

Comments: 7

  • Dave from Modesto, CaI think this song says things can go well but remember anything can crash at any time. Instead of feeling as if you have failed look how far you have come and move on. I'm not saying its easy; just that its what you should do.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 3rd 1979, Melissa Manchester performed "Don't Cry Out Loud" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was at #24 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and seven weeks later on March 25th, 1979 it peaked at #10 {for 1 week} and spent 23 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #9 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, and also #9 on the Canadian RPM 100 Singles chart...
    Ms. Manchester will celebrate her 64th birthday in twelve days on February 15th {2015}.
  • Charles from Charlotte, NcManchester was discovered by Barry Manilow and Bette Midler. Manilow was Midler's musical arranger for many years.
  • Sara from Silver Spring, MdThe 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".
  • Doug from Oakland, CaThe Moments did this great song in 1976 on the album,Moments With You.
  • Onnie from High Point, NcArtist: Melissa Manchester (peak Billboard position # 10 in 1978-79)
    Words by Carol Bayer Sager and Music by Peter Allen
  • Sara from Silver Spring, MdPeter Allen recorded this first in 1976. It was used in the Australian musical "The Boy From Oz"
    which starred Hugh Jackman as Peter Allen.
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