Most of the album's tracks were recorded with Leon Ware producing; Ware had expressed an interest in recording Manchester based on the singer's version of the Ware composition "I Wanna Be Where You Are" featured on the 1977 album release Singin'.... The tracks Manchester recorded with Ware intended as the singer's 1978 album release - which Manchester planned to name Caravan - were all original material except "Bad Weather", a Stevie Wonder composition which had been a single for the Supremes in 1974. When Manchester submitted the Caravan tracks to Arista, label owner Clive Davis felt none of the tracks would afford Manchester the Top 40 hit required to revive her career and at Davis' strong suggestion Manchester recorded the Peter Allen and Carole Bayer Sager composition "Don't Cry Out Loud" with Harry Maslin producing. With the addition of the "Don't Cry Out Loud" track, Manchester's album was released in October 1978 with "Don't Cry Out Loud" issued as a single; the album was renamed for the single despite Manchester's desire to retain the title Caravan. "Don't Cry Out Loud" did indeed return Manchester to the Top 40 in fact attaining a #10 peak in March 1979 in its twentieth week on the Billboard Hot 100; the single's popularity was paralleled by the ascent of the Don't Cry Out Loud album to #33.
Rather than release a second A-side single from the Don't Cry Out Loud album, Arista attempted to follow-up the success of the "Don't Cry Out Loud" single with "Through the Eyes of Love", the theme song from the movie Ice Castles; the track, for which "Such a Morning" from the Don't Cry Out Loud album served as B-side, failed to consolidate Manchester's comeback, peaking at #76. In spite of "Through the Eyes of Love" reaching the lower end of the Hot 100, it peaked at #13 on the AC Chart and became a popular wedding song request of its time. She also recorded "I'll Never Say Goodbye", the theme song from the film The Promise and earned her the distinction of being the only artist to record two Oscar nominated songs from a movie in the year 1979.