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Cry Me a River

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Arthur Hamilton

Arthur Hamilton (arr. Dale Ramsey)

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General Info

Year: 1953 / 2021
Duration: c. 4:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Pop song
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

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.

A bluesy jazz ballad, Cry Me a River was originally written for Ella Fitzgerald to sing in the 1920s-set film, Pete Kelly's Blues (released 1955). According to Hamilton, he and Julie London had been high school classmates, and she contacted him on behalf of her husband, Jack Webb, who was the film's director and was looking for new songs for its soundtrack.] After the song was dropped from the film, Fitzgerald first released her version on Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! in 1961.

The song's first release was by actress and singer Julie London on Liberty Records in 1955. A performance of the song by London in the 1956 film The Girl Can't Help It,helped to make it a bestseller. It became a gold record, and in 2016, it was inducted by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

The Cry Me a River written and performed by Justin Timberlake in 2002 is not related to the Hamilton song.


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  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Concert Brass and Percussion Ensemble (Sharon Toulouse, conductor; Ash Reynolds, vocal) - 2 May 2021

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