Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)
|"Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)"|
|Single by Sue Thompson|
|from the album Meet Sue Thompson|
|B-side||"Nine Little Teardrops"|
|Format||7" (45 rpm)|
|Genre||Pop, Easy listening|
|Writer(s)||John D. Loudermilk|
|Sue Thompson singles chronology|
Released as a single in 1961, "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)" was Thompson's first song to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it peaked at number five in October. The song also reached the top of the Billboard Easy Listening chart, which had been created earlier in 1961, becoming the second song by a female vocalist to top this list. In Australia, the song topped out at number six on the Kent Music Report, while in the United Kingdom, it peaked at number 46 on the UK Singles Chart.
Although Thompson was in her thirties when she recorded "Sad Movies", her singing style and young-sounding voice appealed to many of the Baby Boomers whose influence was starting to become apparent on the US music charts. Loudermilk was inspired to write the song after a girlfriend of his went to see the 1960 film Spartacus: "After the movie went off, they turned the bright lights on, and it was just an ambience killer. The person I was with had tears in her eyes and said, 'Sad movies make me cry'."
- The Lennon Sisters also recorded a version of "Sad Movies" in 1961 which peaked at number 56 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 13 on the Easy Listening chart. Other artists who have covered the song include:
- Brazilian group Trio Esperança, who recorded in 1962 a version called "Filme Triste", with words written by Romeu Nunes;
- British pop singer Carol Deene (whose version of the song charted at number 44 on the UK Singles Chart
- At the same time as Thompson's recording), 1961, French pop singer Sylvie Vartan recorded the song version("Quand le film est triste"), One year later, in 1962, Québec pop singer Michèle Richard recorded the same song in french ("Quand le film est triste").
- In 1981 it was recorded by the German disco group Boney M.
- A Spanish version by Queta Garay entitled "Las caricaturas me hacen llorar".
- Jamaican songbird Cynthia Schloss, performed a well-known Reggae version of the song with U Brown.
- List of Top 25 singles for 1961 in Australia
- List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1961 (U.S.)
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 631.
- Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications), page 4.
- Thompson UK Singles Chart info from chartstats.com Retrieved 02-15-09.
- Thompson biography from allmusic.com Retrieved 02-15-09.
- Deene UK Singles Chart info from chartstats.com Retrieved 02-15-09.
- Video on YouTube