Cry To Me

Album: Out Of Our Heads (1965)
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Songfacts®:

  • This was originally recorded by Solomon Burke in 1962. Betty Harris had an #23 American hit with her version while the Pretty Things peaked with this at #28 in the UK in 1965.
  • Bert Russell, the credited song writer, is really Bert Berns, the prolific writer of hit records in the 1960s who tragically died of a heart attack aged 38 in 1967. Among his songwriting credits are "Twist And Shout" by The Isley Brothers, "Tell Him" by The Exciters, "Here Comes The Night" by Them and "Hang On Sloopy" by The McCoys.
  • In 1968 South African group The Staccatos recorded their version for the film Katrinka. The following year it was released as a single and it became one of South Africa's most successful recordings ever, remaining 38 weeks on their charts. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above
  • Bert Berns was Solomon Burke's designated producer/writer, but he was getting very frustrated with the young soul singer as he kept turning down all his offerings. Burke recalled in an interview with Mojo magazine August 2008 that finally Berns told him that he had one more song. The writer/producer proceeded to sing to him very slowly, "When your baby, leaves you alone." Burke continued: "I said 'That's terrible. It's just too slow for me, I don't like slow songs.' And (record label executive) Mr Wexler says, 'Listen this guy writes for you, you're pissing him off. You're pissing me off, too.' (Laughs) I tried to sing it a couple of times that way, couldn't even feel it. Then I asked the young man in the studio, the engineer Tommy Dowd, 'Could we have them speed this up?'" This went on to become Burke's second chart entry in the US after "Just Out Of Reach," peaking at #44.

Comments: 4

  • AnonymousI don't understand a bit of the lyrics? The song is sung to a lonely woman left alone asking her to "cry to me" if you feel like crying. The phrase" when you are all alone in your lonely room with nothing but the smell of her perfume" makes me think of a man in a room alone after the woman has gone?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 20, 1962, Solomon Burke performed "Cry to Me" on the Dick Clark ABC-TV weekday-afternoon program, 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was at #47 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, the week before it had peaked at #44 and it spent ten weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #5 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart...
    Between 1961 and 1978 the Philadelphia native had thirty-one records on the Hot R&B Singles chart, nine made the Top 10 with one* reaching #1, "Got To Get You Off My Mind", for three non-consecutive weeks on March 28th, 1965...
    Mr. Burke, born James Solomon McDonald, passed away at the age of 70 on October 10th, 2010...
    May he R.I.P.
    * He just missed having two more #1 records when both "If You Need Me" {1963} and "Tonight's The Night" {1965} peaked at #2.
  • Demian from Buenos Aires, ArgentinaEs la mejor cancion del album out of our head, uno de los mejoresdiscos de los stones junto con exile on main street, sticky fingers, let it bleed y beggars banquet. excelente!!!!
  • Roger from Stockholm, SwedenMick Jagger once said that The Pretties' version is the way The Stones always wanted to play it.
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