After Laughter (Comes Tears)

Album: single release (1964)

Songfacts®:

  • This was written by the Memphis soul singer-songwriter Wendy Rene with her brother Johnny and recorded by their group the Drapels, although only Wendy is credited. The other two Drapels were Marianne Brittenum and Wilbur Mondie. At 17, Wendy received a contract as a solo artist at the same time Stax signed the Drapels. On this tune, Wendy is singing about the sometimes fleeting nature of love.
  • This was Wendy Rene's first and most popular recording. Her other big hit was "Bar-B-Q" in 1964.
  • That's Booker T. & the MG's as her backup band.
  • This is sampled in the Wu-Tang Clan's song "Tearz" (on the Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) album). A new generation came to appreciate Wendy's work through this and other samplings. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Ekristheh - Halath, for all of the above

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