All I Could Do Was Cry
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|"All I Could Do Was Cry"|
|Single by Etta James|
|Genre||Doo-wop, R&B, Blues|
|Songwriter(s)||Billy Davis, Berry Gordy, Gwen Gordy|
"All I Could Do Was Cry" is a doo-wop/rhythm and blues single recorded in 1960 and released that same year by singer Etta James. It written for James by Chess songwriter Billy Davis, Berry Gordy and his sister Gwen Gordy. The song was said to be inspired by James' former boyfriend Harvey Fuqua dating Davis' former girlfriend, who was Gwen. Gordy and Fuqua later married the same year the song was recorded, which likely added to the tension in James' bluesy vocals. The song eventually peaked at number 2 on the R&B charts and number 33 on the pop charts. James would later re-record the song in the early nineties.
- Etta James version
|US Billboard 100||33|
|US Billboard R&B Singles||2|
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