Drown in My Own Tears

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"Drown in My Own Tears", originally credited as "I'll Drown in My Tears", is a song written by Henry Glover. It is best known in the version released as a single in 1956 by Ray Charles on the Atlantic record label.

History[edit]

"Drown in My Own Tears" was first recorded in 1951 by Lula Reed, on the King label (King 4527) as part of a split-single 78rpm; blues pianist Sonny Thompson was featured on the A-side with the instrumental track, "Clang, Clang, Clang". The record was a No.5 hit on the US Billboard R&B chart.[1]

Ray Charles' recording featured his lead vocal and piano, with instrumentation by session musicians. It was his third number-one single on the Billboard R&B singles chart.[2] It was one of his most important singles during his Atlantic period, where he dominated the R&B singles chart, and influenced him to recruit a singing group he later called the Raelettes.

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Other recordings[edit]

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Other recordings include one by Dinah Washington on the 1998 CD reissue of The Swingin' Miss "D" (1957), originally on the EmArcy Records label.[5] The song was also performed by Simply Red in 1991 at the Montreux Jazz Festival, featuring on the live album of the event.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. p. 443. ISBN 0-89820-115-2. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. ISBN 0-89820-115-2. 
  3. ^ "Ray Charles - The Very Best Of Ray Charles". Discogs.com. Retrieved 25 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Search for "drown in my own tears"". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "The Swingin' Miss "D" - Dinah Washington - Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2018.