Dinah Washington – Cry Me a River (1959)

Dinah Washington – Cry Me a River (audio)

“Cry Me a River” is a popular American torch song, written by Arthur Hamilton, first published in 1953 and made famous in 1955 with the version by Julie London.

This is the Dinah Washington version back in 1959 from the album What A Diff’rence A Day Makes!, where she cheekily asks if she should sound like Julie London, Lady (Billie Holiday) or Spokane, Washington (city in America) much to the amusement of the sound engineer.

This is a much more sassy, defiant, bluesy, jazzy version.

This version was arranged by Belford Cabell “Sinky” Hendricks (May 11, 1909 – September 24, 1977) who was an American composer, pianist, arranger, conductor and record producer.

He used a variety of names, including Belford Hendricks, Belford Cabell Hendricks, Belford Clifford Hendricks, Sinky Hendricks, and Bill Henry.

Performance

Dinah Washington – vocals
Charles Davis – baritone saxophone
Jerome Richardson – flute
Kenny Burrell – guitar
David “Panama” Francis – drums
Milt Hinton – double bass
Joe Zawinul – piano
Belford Hendricks – arranger, conductor

Production

Tom Greenwood – research coordination
Carlos Kase
Hollis King – art direction
Edward Odowd – design
Sherniece Smith – art producer
Chuck Stewart – photography
Bruce Swedien – sound engineer

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Comment (32)

  1. OPINION:

    DINAH WASHINGTON HAS A SORT OF SOME PERSONAL APPROACH IN THE TUNE OF HER SINGING.

    THAT'S SOMEWHAT THE INTERESTING PART OF HER CARRYING THE SONG.

    DINAH WASHINGTON DOES THAT, IN :

    1) CRY ME A RIVER
    2) WHAT A DIFFERENCE A FAY MARKED
    3) A STRANGER IN PARADISE
    4)

  2. Julie London brought this song into the world of music way back in about 1957 or so, and still owns this beautiful song. Many sang this including me, but it's Julie's song!

  3. I posted something similar once before but here it is … my parents had this album, thank god out of many kids, my parents allowed me to DJ, I was so into this album they cut me off. My heart rips out of my emotional chest every time I hear this song. Thank you Dinah

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